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PROCEEDINGS 
OF THE 



GRAND CHAPTER 



ROYAL ARCH MASONS 



OF CANADA 




-1959- 



ONE HUNDRED AND FIRST 

ANNUAL CONVOCATION 

TORONTO, ONTARIO 
APRIL 28, 29, 1959 




BROCK 

UNIVERSITY 

LIBRARY 



From the 
Masonic Library 

of 
Lawrence Runnalls 
St. Catharines 

August 1988 



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ONE HUNDRED AND FIRST 



GRAND CHAPTER 



OF 



ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA 



ONE-HUNDRED AND FIRST 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION 



A.D. 

1959 




A Inv. 
2489 



Held in the Royal York Hotel, Front St. West 

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA 

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28 and 29 
A.D. 1959, A.Inv. 2489 

Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved 

BRUCE H. SMITH FRED J. JOHNSON 

i en ^ T T d Z \ Grand Scribe E. 

169 Dufferm Ave. 

BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO TORONTO, ONTARIO 



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH... 

BRUCE HARRISON SMITH 

Most Excellent Grand First Principal 

Born — 

Millbridge, Ontario, 8th May, 1904. 

Parents — 

Frederick and Elizabeth. 

Married — 

September 6, 1936. 

Wife's name: Helen Neta. One son, Frederick, a student at 

Albert College, Belleville, Ontario. 

Religion — 

Baptist. 

Business — 

For the past twenty years he has owned and operated his 
own business in Belleville, the Uptown Tire & Battery 
Company. A few years ago he opened a branch store at 
Marmora, Ontario. 



Civic Activities- 



Alderman for the City of Belleville for the years 1952-3-4-5; 
became a member of the Moira River Conservation Au- 
thority in 1953 and later Chairman from 1955 to 1959. 
For many years he took a very active interests in sports — 
baseball, hockey, Past President of the Fish and Game 
Association of Belleville and District. 



Masonic Record 

Initiated, Passed and Raised in Eureka Lodge, No. 283, A.F. & A.M., 
September 13, 1933, Belleville. Charter Member of Temple Lodge, No. 666, 
Belleville. Exalted in Quinte Friendship Chapter, No. 227, G.R.C., April 
23, 1935, Belleville. Became First Principal 1946; elected Grand Scribe N. 
1947; elected to the Grand Executive Committee 1949 to 1956, elected 
Grand H. 1957-58, and Grand First Principal Z. April 29, 1959. His has 
been a very active life in Royal Arch Masonry. He is the Grand Chapter 
Representative for the District of Columbia; also a Life Member of St. 
George's Chapter, No. 5, London, Ontario ; and a Charter Member of 
Centennial Chapter, No. 260, Streetsville, Ontario; also a Member of the 
Order of High Priesthood of Ontario, Member of King Baldwin Preceptory, 
No. 6, Belleville, Member of Rameses Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Member of 
Royal and Select Masters of Ontario, Zabud Council, No. 15, Belleville. 

In addition to our Grand Z.'s Masonic activities stated above, he is 
the Secretary-Treasurer of the Masonic Temple Corporation of Belleville, 
and took a large part in the construction of this splendid building. 

P. J. J. 




BRUCE HARRISON SMITH 

BELLEVILLE - ONTARIO 

Most Excellent Grand Z. 

1959 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



The following Resolution was inadvertently omitted from the pro- 
ceedings of 1958. 

NOTE:— The Scribes E. of all Chapters were notified by letter. 

RESOLUTION— RE 25 YEAR PAST PRINCIPAL'S JEWEL OR BAR 

I hereby give notice that at the next Annual Convocation of Grand 
Chapter, I will move or cause to be moved to rescind paragraph (3) 
on page 88 of the Proceedings of 1956, under the heading "25 Year Past 
Principal's Jewel" of this report, and to restore the 25 Year Past Prin- 
cipal's Jewel as was presented prior to the adoption of the report. 

This Resolution was presented to the Executive Committee of Grand 
Chapter on Saturday, April 26th, 1958, at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, 
and it was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Geo. Sheard, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Chas. Batt that the 25 Year Past Principal's Jewel be restored and all 
Ex. Companions who have received the 25 Year Bar have same replaced 
with the 25 Year Jewel formerly used. 

This Resolution was approved by the Executive Committee and 
passed on to Grand Chapter Convocation. 

The foregoing was duly read by the Grand Scribe E. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by the Grand 
Scribe E. that— 

RESOLVED— That this Resolution be received and adopted. 



ANNUA] CONVOCATION, TORONTO. L959 5 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

PROCEEDINGS 

AX ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF 
ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE 
MASONIC TEMPLE, NILESTOWN, ONTARIO, ON FRIDAY, 
LSth JUNE., A.D. 1958, A.Inv. 2488. 

PRESENT 

.M. Ex. Conip. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z. 1 n , 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand H. ^ ., 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand Jj ^ ouncH 

R. Ex. Comp. John W. Gough District Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. James A. Kennedy Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Richard A. Stewart Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. David McLachlan Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. J. S. Bremner Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis as Grand Director of Ceremonies 

Y. Ex. Comp. J. B. Lawrence as Grand Outer Guard 

Comp. Fred Newman as Grand Organist 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. Ben S. Scott R. Ex. Comp. Roy Ratz 

R. Ex. Comp. S. D. Lacey R. Ex. Comp. E. A. Webber 

R. Ex. Comp. A. W. Holt R. Ex. Comp. W. A. Campbell 

R. Ex. Comp. G. Sheard R. Ex. Comp. L. Hewson 

R. Ex. Comp. T. Welch R. Ex. Comp. B. C. Damude 

V. Ex. Comp. H. Down V. Ex. Comp. J. S. Maddock 

V. Ex. Comp. F. S. Whitehall V. Ex. Comp. W. R. Smale 

V. Ex. Comp. H. C. Walper V. Ex. Comp. A. Johnson 
V. Ex. Comp. A. V. Sedgwick Ex. Comp. E. C. Pressey 

Ex. Ccmp. W. G. Chapman Ex. Comp. B. B. A. Allan 

Ex. Comp. H. C. Lipsit Ex. Comp. R. W. Knapman 

Ex. Comp. E. S. Gale Ex. Comp. R. Graves 

Ex. Comp. R. Preston Ex. Comp. J. K. Cameron 

Ex. Comp. B. E. Doupe Ex. Comp. C. Hanna 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 9.15 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of dedicating the Chapter Room for Nilestown 
Chapter, No. 247, Royal Arch Masons of Nilestown, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal closed Grand Chapter at 10.30 p.m. 





6 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

PROCEEDINGS 

AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF 
ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE 
MASONIC TEMPLE, MILTON, ONTARIO, ON THURSDAY, 19th 
DAY OF JUNE, A.D. 1958, A.Inv. 2488. 

PRESENT 

M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z.i n A 

R. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Tannahill as Grand H.> !? ran * 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand J.J bounc11 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott District Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. L. B. Tracey as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Co-mp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Kennedy Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. C. Morgan Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. W. T. Harvey Grand Senior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Lewis as Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. David McLachlan as Grand Outer Guard 

V. Ex. Comp. Robert Boddy as Grand Organist 

and the folio-wing assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. J. H. McClure R. Ex. Comp. Fred Mills 

R. Ex. Comp. C. F. Ackert R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Woodland 

R. Ex. Comp, Allan Mason R. Ex. Comp. A. Martin 

R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Atkinson R. Ex. Comp. Ben Scott 

R. Ex. Comp. John Frey R. Ex. Comp. G. H. Shannon 

R. Ex. Comp. John Robinson R. Ex. Comp. Geo. Sheard 

R. Ex. Comp. Howard Carr R. Ex. Comp. L. Hewson 

R. Ex. Comp. A. McKague R. Ex. Comp. J. Marr 

V. Ex. Comp. F. Leuty V. Ex. Comp. J. W. Fereday 

V. Ex. Comp. W. J. VanNorman V. Ex. Comp. G. S. Bender 

V. Ex. Comp. G. McClure R. Ex. Comp. John Drysdale 
V. Ex. Comp. E. Spera Ex. Comp. W. Brown 

Ex. Comp. B. Settle Ex. Comp. M. Deller 

Ex. Comp. S. J. Collett Ex. Comp. C. Renwick 

Ex. Comp. E. Boden Ex. Comp. D. Stewart 

Ex. Comp. E. Hudson Ex. Comp. G. Penny 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 9.00 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for St. Clair 
Chapter, No. 75, Royal Arch Masons of Milton, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded, the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal closed Grand Chapter at 10.15 p.m. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION. TORONTO. 1959 7 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

PROCEEDINGS 

A\ ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF 
ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE 
MASONIC TEMPLE, STREETSVILLE, ONTARIO, ON MONDAY, 
28rd DAY OF JUNE, A.D. 1958, A.Inv. 2488. 

PRESENT 
M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z.) r . 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand H. r^nU 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand J.' ^ ouncH 

M. Ex. Comp. Reginald V. Conover as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. J. Hyatt McClure District Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. James A. Kennedy Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. R. W. Stewart Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton . Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis as Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. W. T. Harvery Grand Senior Sojourner 

Y. Ex. Comp. J. S. Bremner Grand Junior Sojourner 

Y. Ex. Com}). David McLachlan as Grand Outer Guard 

Comp. R. Pannabecker as Grand Organist 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Mills R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott 

R. Ex. Comp. L. B. Tracey R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert R. Ex. Comp. Fred Schytte 

R. Ex. Comp. Orton Walker R. Ex. Comp. H. W. Carr 

R. Ex. Comp. Lew Hewson R. Ex. Comp. George Sheard 

V. Ex. Comp. D. J. McKee V. Ex. Comp. W. M. Creech 

V. Ex. Comp. James Silk V. Ex. Comp. Henry Kesteven 

V. Ex. Ccmp. W. Hyatt V. Ex. Comp. Andy Nisbet, Sr. 

V. Ex. Comp. T. W. Fereday V. Ex. Comp. G. McClure 

V. Ex. Comp. G. McCombe V. Ex. Comp. R. Boddy 

V. Ex. Comp. R. M. Carr V. Ex. Comp. W. Boag 

Ex. Comp. W. Angst Ex. Comp. H. Kesteven 

Ex. Comp. B. Settle Ex. Comp. C. Renwick 

Ex. Comp. M. Gottlieb Ex. Comp. Geo. Donovan 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.45 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the Epsecial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of Consecrating and Dedicating the Chapter Room 
of Centennial Chapter, No. 260, Royal Arch Masons of Streetsville, 
Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded, the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal closed Grand Chapter at 10.15 p.m. 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

PROCEEDINGS 

AX ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF 
ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE 
MASONIC TEMPLE, ATIKOKAN, ONTARIO, ON SATURDAY, 
THE 27th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, A.D. 1958, A.INV. 2488. 

PRESENT 
M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z. 



R. Ex. Comp. David Harcus as Grand H. 



Grand 



R. Ex. Comp. SamuerGreen "as G~rand J.' I Council 

R. Ex. Comp. George Neill District Grand Superintendent 



8 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



R. Ex. Comp. T. Love as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred ,J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. R. Jamieson as Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis as Grand Director of Ceremonies 

R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Barclay as Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. C. Ross as Grand Senior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Alex Bey as Grand Junior Sojourner 

and the following assisting: 
R. Ex. Comp. H. Stanworth 
V. Ex. Comp. W. Shapton 

Ex. Comp. M. F. Heinmins 

Ex. Comp. C. Binkworth 

Ex. Comp. J. Robb 

Ex. Comp. D. R. Lanktree 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 3.30 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of Consecrating and Dedicating the Chapter Room 
for Quetico Chapter, No. 259, Royal Arch Masons of Atikokan, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded, the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal closed Grand Chapter at 5.30 p.m. 



V. Ex. Comp. C. Sundin 
Ex. Comp. R. H. Larson 
Ex. Comp. M. Pearce 
Ex. Comp. Chris. Seal 
Ex. Comp. Herman Holbeck 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

PROCEEDINGS 

AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF 
ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE 
MASONIC TEMPLE, STONEY CREEK, ONTARIO, ON WEDNES- 
DAY, THE 8th DAY OF OCTOBER, A.D. 1958, A.INV. 2488. 

PRESENT 

M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z.) r , 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean as Grand H.> }f ran % 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand jJ <- ounc11 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott District Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Leslie Colling as Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. John S. Drysdale as Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis as Grand Director of Ceremonies 

R. Ex. Comp. R. W. Stewart Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. W. T. Havery Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Robert Fick as Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. A. Jarvis as Grand Organist 

Ex. Comp. H. V. Betzner as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Shaw R. Ex. Comp. John Bell 

R. Ex. Comp. A. Martin R. Ex. Comp. J. Atkinson 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Pepper R. Ex. Comp. Jas. W. Woodland 

R. Ex. Comp. Howard Carr R. Ex. Comp. Lew Hewson 

R. Ex. Comp. George Sheard R. Ex. Comp. L. F. McDougal 

V. Ex. Comp. David McLachlan V. Ex. Comp. Frank Leuty 

V. Ex. Comp. Edwin Harrop V. Ex. Comp. E. Spera 

V. Ex. Comp. J. H. Sampson V. Ex. Comp. E. Burke 

V. Ex. Comp. W. Pace V. Ex. Comp. M. Spera 
Ex. Comp. R. Jackson Ex. Comp. E. Hudson 

Ex. Comp. D. Stewart Ex. Comp. W. Gould 

Ex. Comp. G. Penny Ex. Comp. W. L. Smith 



A.NNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO. L958 9 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 9.00 p.m., when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been 
railed for the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for McKay Chap- 
ter. No. 243, Royal Arch Masons of Stoney Creek, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being: concluded, the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal closed Grand Chapter at 10.30 p.m. 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

PROCEEDINGS 

AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF 
ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE 
MASONIC TEMPLE, MORRISBURG, ONTARIO, ON MONDAY 
THE 7th DAY OF NOVEMBER, A.D. 1958, A.INV. 2488. 

PRESENT 
M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z.'j p vnn j 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand H. Cn^nU 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand J.' ^ ouncH 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. H. W. Pointen Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. D. H. Robertson District Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. H. D. Hyndman ....... as Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Edwards as Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. W. Havery Grand Senior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Roy Anderson as Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis Grand Director of Ceremonies 

R. Ex. Comp. George Phillips as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. H. E. Meade R. Ex. Comp. C. B. McDermid 

R. Ex. Comp. A. L. McGregory R. Ex. Comp. C. D. Beckett 

R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Markell V. Ex. Comp. E. D. Berry 

V. Ex. Comp. G. P. Marshall V. Ex. Comp. H. M. McKenney 

V. Ex. Comp. C. H. Riddell Ex. Comp. A. A. Wright 

Ex. Comp. W. C. Carson Ex. Comp. M. M. Matheson 

Ex. Comp. Roy Cumming Ex. Comp. Roy Lindsay 

Ex. Comp. M. McEwen 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 9.00 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for St. John's 
Chapter, No. 112, Royal Arch Masons of Morrisburg, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded, the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal closed Grand Chapter at 10.30 p.m. 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

PROCEEDINGS 

AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF 
ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE 
MASONIC TEMPLE, WALLACEBURG, ONTARIO, ON SATUR- 
DAY, THE 8th DAY OF NOVEMBER, A.D. 1958, A.INV. 2488. 

PRESENT 
M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z. j r , , 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand H. ^ rran 9. 

R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie as Grand J.' Lounci1 

M. Ex. Comp. Alex. G. N. Bradshaw as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. N. H. Walford District Grand Superintendent 



10 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. A. S. H. Cree as Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. James A. Kennedy Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis as Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. H. E. Campbell as Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Gough as Grand Senior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. E. A. Webber as Grand Junior Sojourner 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank Pithie R. Ex. Comp. Harry Grant 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Carson R. Ex. Comp. Basil C. Damude 

R. Ex. Comp. W. G. Laing R. Ex. Comp. E. H. Logan 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Fotheringham R. Ex. Comp. Harold Porter 

R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burnett R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Bloomfield 

R. Ex. Comp. R. C. Brushett R. Ex. Comp. Peter R. Lalonde 

R. Ex. Comp. A. Ross Bourne R. Ex. Comp. R. A. Willett 

V. Ex. Comp. A. W. Overfield V. Ex. Comp. A. B. Cousins 

V. Ex. Comp. Hugh M. Dunlop V. Ex. Comp. G. I. Smyth 
Ex. Comp. A. Bruce Ex. Comp. R. C. Overholt 

Ex. Comp. T. J. Quinton Ex. Comp. W. H. Bates 

Ex. Comp. I. E. McConnell Ex. Comp. B. Armstrong 

Ex. Comp. H. Johnson 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.30 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Sombra 
Chapter, No. 153, Royal Arch Masons of Wallaceburg, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal closed Grand Chapter at 10.30 p.m. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 11 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

PROCEEDINGS 

THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIRST ANNUAL CONVOCATION OF 
THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF 
CANADA, HELD IN THE ROYAL YORK HOTEL, TORONTO, 
ONTARIO, ON APRIL 28th AND 29th, 1959. 

M. Kx. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z.) r , 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand H. r« \\ 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand J.» ^ ounc11 

PAST GRAND Z's 

M. Ex. Comps. John M. Burden, Fred W. Dean, Clarence McL. Pitts, 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, John L. House, Melville S. Gooderham. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Harold W. Pointen Grand Chaplain 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. James A. Kennedy Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Richard A. Stewart Grand Principal Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert J. Hamilton Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. W. T. Havery Grand Senior Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. Robt. Fick Grand Junior Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. R. D. Adams Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. Lance Morrison Asst. Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. H. V. Betzner Grand Pursuivant 

V. Ex. Comp. W. J. Stewart Grand Outer Guard 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

R. Ex. Comp. Norman H. Walford St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. John W. Gough London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest A. Webber Wilson District No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. Louis B. Tracey Wellington District No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Scott Hamilton District No. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Alexander K. Campbell Huron District No. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. John A. Bell Niagara District No. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick F. Mills Toronto East District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. J. Hyatt McClure Toronto West District No. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. Gerald 0. Smith Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Edgar J. Barrowclough Ontario District No. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Ivan Caldwell Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Donald H. Robertson St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. James R. Howie Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. George Neill Algoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. William L. Brown New Ontario District No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. Lavery Temiskaming District No. 16 



12 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND CHAPTER OPENED 
A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by their 
qualified officers, the One Hundred and First Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada was opened in Ample 
Form at ten o'clock a.m. 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 
The following distinguished guests were introduced by the Grand 
Director of Ceremonies V. Ex. Comp. R. D. Adams and assistants: 

MOST EXCELLENT GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF 
CONNECTICUT 
M. Ex. Comp. Pierson E. Dolbeare, Grand High Priest. 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF MICHIGAN 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter D. Strobel, Grand High Priest 
M. Ex. Comp. Arthur M. Burke, P.G.H.P. and our Representative 

THE GRAND CHAPTER OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK ROYAL 

ARCH MASONS 

M. Ex. Comp. A. M. Nielsen, Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Comp. George A. Lambert, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary 

M. Ex. Comp. Wright J. Burley, P.G.H.P. 

R. Ex. Comp. Clifford A. McDonald, our Grand Representative 

R. Ex. Comp. David H. McCracken 
GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF THE STATE OF 

OHIO 

R. Ex. Comp. Homer Trantham, Grand King, representing M. Ex. 
Comp. Oliver H. Ormiston, Grand High Priest 

R. Ex. Comp. Ralph W. Smith, Grand Secretary 

M. Ex. Comp. James A. Gorham, P.G.H.P. and our Grand Represen- 
tative 

THE GRAND HOLY ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF PENNSYLVANIA 
Comp. John R. Asher, M. Ex. Grand High Priest 

Comp. Arthur L. Miller, P.M.Ex.G.H.P., and our Grand Representa- 
tive 
Comp. John D. Davis, M. Ex. Grand Royal Arch Captain 

GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF THE STATE OF RHODE 
ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS 
M. Ex. Comp. Harold B. Woodard, Grand High Priest 
Ex. Comp. John Blease, Grand Master Third Veil 
Ex. Comp. John A. Whorf, P.H.P. 

GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS IN VIRGINIA 

M. Ex. Comp. C. C. Helms, Grand High Priest 
GRAND COUNCIL OF THE ORDER OF HIGH PRIESTHOOD OF 

ONTARIO 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham, M. Ex. Grand President 
GRAND COUNCIL OF ROYAL & SELECT MASTERS OF ONTARIO 

V. Ex. Comp. Samuel J. Sword, M. 111. Grand Master 
SOVEREIGN GREAT PRIORY OF CANADA KNIGHTS TEMPLAR 

R. Ex. Comp. Joseph W. Carson, Deputy Grand Master, representing 

M. Ex. Comp. Lome Johnson, Supreme Grand Master 
MASONIC AND MILITARY ORDER OF KNIGHTS OF THE RED 

CROSS OF CONSTANTINE 

R. Ex. Comp. Allen C. Mason, Grand Sovereign 
SUPREME COUNCIL 33° ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH 

RITE OF FREEMASONRY FOR THE DOMINION OF CANADA 

M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, Past Sovereign Grand Commander 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO. L959 18 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF MANITOBA 

11 Ex. Comp. Roy A. Carruthers, Grand Z. 
GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF NOVA SCOTIA WITH 

JURISDICTION OVER NOVA SCOTIA, PRINCE EDWARD 

ISLAND AND NEWFOUNDLAND 

M. Ex. Comp. B. R. Taylor, Grand High Priest 
GRAND LODGE A.F. & A.M. OF CANADA IN PROVINCE OF 

ONTARIO 

M. Wor. Bro. and R. Ex. Comp. Harry L. Martyn, Grand Master 

R. Wor. Bro. and Comp. Ewart G. Dixon, Grand Secretary 

Most Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, Grand Z., extended a warm, 
friendly, and cordial welcome to all of his guests. He also announced to 
all Royal Arch Masons, in good standing, and properly vouched for, a 
warm welcome during the Convocation. 

MEMORIAL SERVICE 
By the Grand Chaplain, R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Harold W. Pointen 

The delegates joined in singing the hymn "0 God Our Help in Ages 
Past", "God Save the Queen" and "My County Tis of Thee". 

INVOCATION 

Almighty and Eternal God, we bow before Thy Divine Majesty, 
adoring Thee the Lord of heaven and earth, and acknowledging Thee as 
the Giver of every good and perfect gift. 

We beseech Thee to grant unto us Thy blessing and approbation at 
the beginning of this Post-Centennial Convocation of our Grand Chapter. 

Enlighten our minds with Thy Divine W T isdom; animate our hearts 
with Thy Divine Presence; conform our wills in obedience to Thy Divine 
Precepts, and strengthen the bond of our fraternity with the cord of 
Thy Divine Love. 

So rule and govern us, God, by Thy Divine Spirit, that our labours 
thus commenced in order, be conducted in peace, and closed in harmony, 
to the honour and glory of Thy Ineffable and Holy Name. Amen. 

SELECTION FROM THE VOLUME OF THE SACRED LAW 

The Book of Ecclesiasticus Chapter 44: 1-15 

Let us now praise famous men: and our fathers that begat us. 

The Lord hath wrought great glory by them: through His great 
power from the beginning. 

Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their 
power: giving counsel by their understanding and declaring prophecies. 

Leaders of the people by their knowledge of learning meet for the 
people: wise and eloquent in their instructions. 

Such as found out musical tunes: and recited verses in writing: 

Rich men furnished with ability: living peaceably in their habitation. 

All these were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of 
their times: There be of them that have left a name behind them that 
their praises might be reported. 

And some there be which have no memorial: Who had perished as 
though they had never been. 

And are become as though they had never been born: and their 
children after them. 

But these were mericiful men: whose righteousness hath not been 
forgotten. 

W r ith their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance: their 
children are within the covenant. 

Their seed standeth fast: and their children for their sakes. 

Their seed shall remain for ever: and their glory shall not be blotted 
out. 

Their bodies are buried in peace: but their name liveth for evermore. 

The people shall tell of their wisdom: and the congregation will show 
forth their praise. 



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MEMORIAL PRAYER 

Almighty and Eternal God, before whom the generations rise and 
pass away, and with whom do live the spirits of the just made perfect, 
we render Thee humble and hearty thanks for all Companions who have 
departed this life since we last met in our Annual Convocation. 

With grateful hearts, we call to remembrance their fellowship of 
other days. For their qualities of mind and heart; for their fidelity in 
daily toil; for their steadfastness in Thy faith and obedience to Thy 
Holy Precepts; for their witness to the truth, and for all the cherished 
memories they have bequeathed to us, we give Thee hearty thanks, O 
Thou Most High. 

Almighty God, who in Thy grace and Wisdom didst give us the 
Companions of our hearts, and unite them to us with the bonds _ of a 
deep affection; comfort, we beseech Thee, all who bear the pain of 
separation from those who have been called into the Light Eternal, and 
into the Life Immortal. 

Let the memory of their departed Companions, strengthen their 
faith, ensure their hope, and affirm their love. Grant them grace to 
face the coming days in the certain knowledge, that in Thy Infinite 
Wisdom and Mercy, all things are working together for good, and for 
the fulfillment of Thy Eternal Plan and Purpose in their lives. 

And unto us, Eternal God, to whom Thou hast extended a con- 
tinuance o<f days, grant us fortitude to walk in the way of Thy Divine 
Commandments, and resolution to live in the light of Thy favor; that at 
the end of the pilgrimage of this mortal life, we may be found worthy 
of exaltation in the Grand Chapter Above. 

Hear and receive our prayer, Omniscient Father, for unto Thee alone 
do we ascribe all honour, glory, dominion and power, now and for ever- 
more. Amen. 

Hymn: "Abide With Me" 
A Period of Silence 

PRESENTATION OF LIVING PAST GRAND Z's 

The Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, requested the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. R. D. Adams, to present the 
living Past Grand Z's. The following were present: 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Z.C., Grand Z., 1943-1944. 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean, Grand Z., 1947-1948. 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence McL. Pitts, Grand Z., 1949-1950. 

M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, Grand Z., 1951-1952. 

M. Ex. Comp. John L. House, Grand Z., 1955-1956. 

M. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham, Hon. Grand Z., 1957. 

M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle extended a very sincere and cordial wel- 
come to the Past Grand Z's and Grand Honours were accorded. 

M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, the Dean of the Past Grand Z's, spoke on 
behalf of the Grand Z's. 

TORONTO DISTRICTS EXTEND WELCOME 

THE 101st ANNUAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER 
OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA 
April 27, 28 and 29, 1959 
To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Maurice Arthur 
Searle, Officers and Members of The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons, distinguished guests from sister jurisdictions in Canada and the 
United States, and the representatives from other Masonic orders, the 
Companions of Toronto Districts Nos. 8 and 8A take pleasure in bidding 
you welcome and conveying to you our fraternal greetings on this the 
101st Annual Convocation of Royal Arch Masons. 
Excellent Sir: 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, L959 



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Your term of office as Grand Z. will shortly be completed, but be- 
fore the expiration of your duties, the Principals and Companions of the 
twenty-eight Chapters of the two Toronto Districts desire to extend to 
you Most Excellent Sir, our sincere thanks and appreciation for your 
untiring and ceaseless devotion to Royal Arch Masonry during your two 
years of office, which coupled with the "assistance, light and knowledge", 
SO freely given at all times has earned for you the admiration, esteem 
and respect of all the Companions, not only of the Toronto Districts, but 
throughout the entire jurisdiction, and even to the Royal Arch Masons 
in the country to the south of us. 

Your leadership and your gracious attitude has been, and will con- 
tinue to be, an inspiration to all Royal Arch Masons. 

We are happy and honoured to have served under you for the past 
two years, and it is our fervent wish that the Great Jehovah will spare 
you for many more years to serve Capitular Masonry. 
Excellent Sir: 

To show our sincere affection for you, we ask you to accept on 
behalf of all the Companionsof the twenty-eight Chapters this token of 
our remembrance and appreciation. 

Presented on behalf of the Royal Arch Chapters of Toronto Districts, 
Nos. 8 and 8A. 



DISTRICT NO. 8 
1958 1959 

R. E. CAIN H. A. SAYERS 

St. Andrew and St. John, No. 4 
S. SLEESMAN J. KEILLOR 

King Solomon's, No. 8 
R. A. C. WELLS A. H. GRAY 

York, No. 62 

D. NEWBY W. JARMAY 

St. Paul's, No. 65 
A. J. MOXON H. F. MYERS 

Orient, No. 79 
C. GOLDSTONE 

C. G. ARMSTRONG 
Succoth, No. 135 
T. R. TOMPKINS 

B. F. FORWARD 
The St. Patrick, No. 145 
W. L. BROWN W. E. BATH 

The Beaches, No. 163 
(i. A. GARDNER D. E. ALLEN 
Victoria, No. 205 

J. J. MEHAFFEY A. 0. MURRAY 
St. Albans, No. 217 
C. F. CARTER F. ALLEY 

Beaver, No. 225 

G. M. DONOVAN G. H. BUNT 
Aurora, No. 235 

J. BUCKINGHAM 0. R. ROBERTS 
University, No. 241 
C. S. FEASBY C. A. VANZANT 
Tyrian, No. 258 

F. F. MILLS 

Grand Superintendent, 

Toronto, No. 8 

E. W. BATH 
Secretary 



DISTRICT NO. 8A 
1958 1959 

G. W. CLEVERDON 

M. HOLDITCH 
Occident, No. 77 

J. SHORT H. PLUNKETT 

Toronto Antiquity, No. 91 

A. WATSON B. W. SPENCER 
Shekinah, No. 138 

G. COTTON J. McFARLANE 

Peel, No. 195 

M. GOTTLIEB S. S. BEDERMAN 

Mount Sinai, No. 212 

G. W. OSTRANDER W. B. ANGST 

Mimico, No. 215 

H. L. KESTEVEN 

C. S. IBBOTSON 
Ulster, No. 219 
J. A. CHRISTENSON 

A. R. McDOUGALL 
Lebanon, No. 220 

J. W. ARNOLD K. DENISON 

Port Credit, No. 230 

B. SETTLE A. W. JOHNSON 
The St. Clair, No. 231 

E. A. MAYES A. G. SULLIVAN 

King Cyrus, No. 232 

B. C. ALFORD B. C. ALFORD 

Oakwood, No. 233 

J. BREMNER D. BREMNER 

Humber, No. 246 

W. A. McKAGUE 

J. A. CHRISTENSON 
Centennial, No. 260 

J. H. McCLURE 
Grand Superintendent, 

Toronto, No. 8A 

W. T. SANDERSON 

Secretary 



16 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES, 1958 

The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of the Pro- 
ceedings of the One Hundredth Annual Convocation, held in the City of 
Toronto, when it was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett. 

Resolved — "That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, 
held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 and 29, 1958, have been printed 
and copies thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, the 
recorded Minutes be considered as read, and the same is now confirmed." 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, and seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. C. W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — "That the Order of Business of this Grand Convocation 
be changed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 

COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS 

R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, Chairman of the Credentials 
Committee reported that there are 159 Warranted Chapters on the Rolls 
of Grand Chapter of which Chapters were represented by the following: 
Chapter 

No. 1— B. Sutherland, H.; H. ,J. Milne, T. N. Clarke, C. H. Hall, P.Z.'s. 
No. 2— J. Dewar, Z.; E. M. Marshall, P.Z. 
No. 3— R. Coon, Z.; G. Phipps, J.; E. Gale, W. H. Parker, J. W. Gough, 

H. T. Down, S. H. Taylor, P.Z.'s. 
No. 4— H. T. Sayers, Z.; L. G. Jackson, V. L. Mutton, H. J. McCaw, 

R. Deardon, R. E. Cain, R. N. McElhinney, A. A. Kitchen, P.Z.'s. 
No. 5 — J. A. Kennedy, Proxy; D. Smith, A. Cavanagh, A. W. Ayre, 

P Z 's 
No. 6— J.' Brownlie, Z.; H. W. Hewett, F. Scott, P.Z.'s. 
No. 7— H. Hines, Z.; V. H. Graves, H. E. Payne, H. T Adams, J. L. 

Diamond, P.Z.'s. 
No. 8— J. Keillor, Z.; R. Willmot, H.; W. H. King, S. F. Hutchinson, 

A. Ottis, E. M. Woolcock, A. L. Tinker, W. Holywell, P.Z.'s. 
No. 15— L. C. Ewener, Z.; R. E. Strain, J. H. Teasell, R. A. Hamilton, 

H. R. Marriott, A. W. Jordan, P.Z.'s 
No. 16— C. Vickers, Z.; L. B. Gillespie, E. A. Shane, P.Z. 
No. 18— D. A. Ward, Z.; R. J. Lawrence, H.; R B. Town, J.; A. Wishart, 

J. Hibner, G. L. Nutt, A. E. Thurlow, P.Z.'s 
No. 19— G. F. Bryant, H.; J. Dickie, F. B. Lottridge, C. M. Porter, W. 

S. Cooling, P.Z.'s. 
No. 20— C. R. Simpson, H.; R. W. E. McFadden, A. MacGregor, S. B. 0. 

Valentine, E. L. Townson, P.Z.'s. 
No. 22— K. M. Laushway, J.; J. C. Sim, G. R. Drummond, P.Z.'s. 
No. 23— L. O'Connor, Z. 

No. 24— F. S. Wolfe, ,J.; R. H. Davies, J. Barr, P.Z.'s. 
No. 26— W. Turton, Z.; C. H. Kinnear, N. M. Sprague, H. Burke, P.Z.'s. 
No. 28— W. E. McKinstry, Z.; G. H. Taylor, H.; W. F. Boorman, J.; N. 

W. Purdy, H. 0. Flintoff, P.Z.'s. 
No. 29— W. 0. Farr, Proxy; J. E. Yorom, D. R. Murphy, A. Rigg, P.Z.'s. 
No. 30— C. E. Laithwaite, Z.; W. H. Roope, P.Z. 
No. 31— F. R. Greatrix, Jr. Z.; W. T. Havery, D. Huff, P.Z.'s. 
No. 32— F. C. Ackert, Proxy; D. J. Marriott, J. Wepers, T. Forrester, 

T. W. Rutherford, A. G. Malcolm, P.Z.'s. 
No. 34— G. A. R. Cowan, H.; R. A. Stewart, G. 0. Smith, F. W. 

Churchill, P.Z.'s. 
No. 35— L. F. Campbell, Z.; J. E. Sandison, H.; S. E. Smith, J. 
No. 36— W. E. Bannon, Z.; R. Mathews, H.; J. W. Morrison, J.; J. E. 

Girven, E. W. Edmondson, B. H. Pammett, P.Z.'s. 



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No. 37— E. J. McKeever, Z.; W. J. B. Jarvis, H.; C. P. McElroy, E. J. 

Barrowclough, W. H. Meldrum, P.Z.'s. 
No. 40 — J. A. Robertson, Proxy; C. E. Morgan, W. J. Van Norman, 

P.Z.'s 
No. 41— H. R. Nagle, Proxy; E. A. Webber, P. Pedolin, P.Z.'s. 
No. 44— A. V. Roy, P.Z. 

No. 46— H. Salvadge, Z.,; K. B. Clysdale, H.; R. Bradford, N. V. John- 
ston, J. W. Durr, D. C. White, F. H. May, H. Alberta, A. K. 

Campbell, P.Z.'s 
NO. 47— G. Ford, Z. 
No. 48— J. A. Kernaghan, Z.; H. Rawcliffe, H.; A. W. Robertson, J.; 

W. Baker, A. Bowman, F. L. Searancke, W. L. Andrews, P.Z.'s 
No. 54— W. Cowie, Z. 
No. 55— G. E. Irvine, Z.; J. C. Gordon, H.; W. E. Brown, C. A. Larson, 

F. L. Thomson, P.Z.'s. 
No. 56— J. R. Garen, H.; J. G. Cruickshank, P.Z. 
No. 59-^.J. G. Ruston, Proxy P.Z. 
No. 62— J. Hood, J.; S. H. B. Tonkin, W. J. Grieson, C. M. Platten, D. 

B. Young, J. Sheild, P.Z.'s. 
No. 63— H. J. Norman, Z.; G. S. Emerson, H.; M. W. McGaw, P.Z.'s. 
No. 65— H. G. Robb, Proxy; M. S. Gooderham, C. B. Parker, H. B. Lane, 

P Z 's 
Xo. 67— F. B. Johnson, Z.; D. A. Cox, J. F. Edwards, A. McGugan, A. 

R. Smith, L. E. Morphy, P.Z.'s. 
Xo. 68— G. J. Purcell, Proxy, P.Z. 
No. 69— A. Jarvis, proxy; H. V. Betzner, P.Z.'s. 

Xo. 71— T. Weaver, Z.; L. Matlack, H.; B. Smith, N. H. Walford, P.Z.'s. 
No. 72— E. J. Chard, Z.; J. S. Whitehead, I. Caldwell, W. Warren, H. 

Hagerman, P.Z.'s. 
No. 73— A. Overfield, Z.; P. L. Lalonde, P.Z. 

No. 75— N. A. McPhail, Z.; J. C. Cunningham, E. Harrop, R. J. Hamil- 
ton, P.Z.'s. 
No. 76— C. H. Sheppard, Proxy; G. E. French, J. H. Hughes, C. L. Dill, 

P Z 's 
No. 77— M. Holditch, Z.; P. Helm, H.; C. Aikins, J.; A. Green, S. E. 

Solley, J. M. Burden, C. W. Emmett, H. P. Hopkinson, W. 

Shearer, D. Falconer, E. K. Hogaboom, F. P. Wratten, J. A. 

Prince, P.Z.'s. 
\o. 78— C. A. McGregor, Z.; W. Wein, H.; R. Ratz, P.Z. 
Xo. 79— H. F. Myers, Z. ; L. Hyatt, H.; A. O'Halloran, J.; A. H. Jones, 

L. L. Querie, A. 0. Cook, J. A. Hearn, P.Z.'s 
Xo. 80— H. Tootill, Z.; W. E. Tregenza, G. I. Smyth, P.Z.'s. 
\o. 81— H. P. Grant, Proxy; B. Damude, P.Z. 

No. 82— W. E. Shaw, Z.; G. Neill, M. W. Pearce, F. S. Foot, P.Z.'s 
Xo. 83— W. J. McCall, Z.; W. Gillespie, H.; A. W. Gillespie, D. Van 

Norman, P.Z.'s. 
Xo. 84— J. Mair, Z.; T. Burke, J. McLean, E. S. Gauley, P.Z.'s. 
No. 91— H. Plunkett, Z.; G. Wood, H.; W. Dixon, J.; C. Howes, W. J. 

Stewart, A. F. Tannahill, H. J. Nelson, A. Geary, J. Bailey, 

J. Short, P.Z.'s. 
No. 94— G. K. Johnson, Z.; C. C. Stewart, J.; M. P. Littner, G. McCombe, 

P Z 's 
No. 95— W.G. Mahaffy, Z.; W. McKee, P.Z. 
No. 102— P. G. Connolly, Z.; P. S. Jannison, W. F. Lett, F. W. Colloton, 

P.Z.'s. 
No. 103— A. S. Haley, Proxy; W. L. Brown, P.Z. 
No. 104— W. S. Thomson, H.; S. Portch, P.Z. 
No. 110— H. S. Ewing, Proxy, P.Z. 



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No. 112— D. H. Robertson, P.Z. 

No. 113— R. F. Atchison, Z.; A. Mitchell, G. E. McCutcheon, P.Z.'s 

No. 114— R. F. Fraser, P.Z. 

No. 115— C. W. Spicer, Z.; R. W. McKenzie, H.; J. E. Reid, J. 

No. 116— W. H. Edwards, Z.; A. A. Wright, M. P. Morris, P.Z.'s. 

No. 117 — G. H. Shannon, Proxy; A. C. Mason, A. Shoemaker, W. N. 
Hemphill, P.Z.'s. 

No. 119— A. Cresswell, Z.; D. A. Robinson, H.; F. Hilton, J.; A. S. H. 
Cree, G. Bloomfield, R. A. Willett, J. A. Mclntyre, P.Z.'s. 

No. 129— S. Earl, Z.; R. F. Robinson, H.; H. Carter, J.; E. W. Brunk, 
I. Benson, J. Isaac, P.Z.'s. 

No. 130— W. Gregg, Z.; J. Horton, F. Wrightson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 131— L. MacKenzie, Z.; P. Spears, H.; R. Keene, ,L; G. Bell, P.Z. 

No. 133— J. J. Carpenter, Proxy; G. A. Phillips, C. E. Armstrong, P.Z.'s. 

No. 134— L. Parliament, Z.; L. E. Jackson, P.Z. 

No. 135— C. G. Armstrong, Z.; H. V. Watson, P.Z. 

No. 138— B. W. Spencer, Z.; P. James, H.; H. W. Clark, J,; E. H. Hughes, 
R. Ackerman, H. Huggins, C. E. Wells, E. E. Dobson, J. Ben- 
son, H. Hughes, J. Spencer, A. S. Watson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 140— W. S. Shaver, Z.; J. E. Forester, H.; A. E. Knox, J.; D. Harris, 
P.Z. 

No. 143— C. E. Blair, P.Z. 

No. 144— J. E. Soloman, Z.; K. A. McQuoid, P.Z. 

No. 145— B. F. Forward, Z.; I. C. Skudder, H.; J. R. Legacy, T. R. Tomp- 
kins, E. E. Reid, R. H. Dee, D. P. Collins, W. E. Pomroy, M. A. 
Searle, R. J. Lewis, H. G. Scott, W. J. Johnston, R. L. Carr, L. 
B. Morrison, A. J. Martin, C. L. Ford, P.Z. 

No. 146—0. Thompson, Z.; B. Hustings, H.; H. McDermitt, J.; S. J. 
Coghlin, W. H. Sargent, S. L. Bartza, D. L. Chapman, M. G. 
Beatty, F. Hay, R. Martin, J. A. Wilson, F. Day, P.Z.'s. 

No. 147— R. Mcintosh, Z.; R. Simpson, H.; C. W. Edmond, J.; K. Cam- 
eron, W. A. Porteous, A. E. McKim, W. B. Anderson, T. J. 
Falkeld, J. Boyle, P.Z.'s. 

No. 148— D. J. Mcintosh, Proxy, P.Z. 

No. 150— J. B. Carson, Z.; W. E. Boyle, J.; J. N. Duffy, A. G. N. Brad- 
shaw, J. W. Carson, J. Bell, D. A. McDonald, M. A. Doupe. 

No. 151— L. W. Brumm, Z.; H. T. Hale, H.; J. E. Brown, J. 

No. 152—1. W. Smith, P.Z. 

No. 153— J. Walton, Z.; J. Burnett, E. K. Rupert, K. R. Colwell, P.Z.'s 

No. 155— J. Cesar, Z.; A. S. Martin, P.Z. 

No. 161— E. T. Nayler, prozy; T. Lloyd, J. Bristol, P.Z.'s. 

No. 163— 'W. E. Bath, Z.; D. C. Armstrong, H.; E. R. Ancell, J.; T. 
Middleton, W. L. Brown, A. J. Stringer, F. F. Mills, E. W. Bath, 
P.Z.'s. 

No. 164— A. Weekes, Z. 

No. 167— T. R. Nesbitt, Z.; C. P. Eagles, K. E. Morrison, J. R. Parrott, 
P Z 's 

No. 168— W. Dawson, Z.; J. McMullen, J.; W. H. Brady, T. H. Burgis, 
H. Pierce, P.Z.'s. 

No. 169— W. A. Bowman, Z.; W. S. Lavery, P.Z. 

No. 175— F. C. Whisken, Z.; W. H. Holcombe, H.; F. W. Dean, B. C. 
Tebbs, W. B. Duncan, D. S. Stephens, C. R. Smith, J. R. Dun- 
bar, E. Hudson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 184— J. Jones, Z.; J. A. Bell, C. S. Boyd, H. S. Winkworth, H. W. 
Stouffer. 

No. 195— J. Archdekin, J.; H. Spratt, Proxy; H. McClure, E. A. Hay, 
P.Z.'s. 

No. 198— J. W. Davies, Z.; B. C. Lamble, H. W. Gill, P.Z.'s. 

No. 205— H. Sparks, Proxy, P.Z. 



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No. 210— C. P. Laushway, Z.; H. T. C. Humphries, P.Z. 

No. 212— S. S. Bederman, Z.; L. Ritter, H.; A. Fox, S. Perlman, S. J. 

Sword, P.Z.'s. 
No. 214— T. Smith, Proxy; A. A. Campbell, W. J. Campbell, K. Cameron, 

P.Z.'s. 
No. 215— W. B. Angst, Z.; T. B. Rogers, P.Z. 
\ (> . -217— A. 0. Murray, Z.; A. H. Baldwin, J.; J. Turnbull, J. S. Mehaffey, 

J. L. House, G. W. McRae, J. A. Mackie, J. A. Burton, H. A. F. 

Schvtte, G. Hosang, H. E. Walker, J. A. Spencer, C. R. Kincaid, 

W. J. Webber, W. J. Raeburn, W. Wyllie, J. J. Mehaffey, P.Z.'s. 
No. 219— C. B. Ibbotson, Z.; A. D. Napier, H.; H. L. Kesteven, H. C. 

Kesteven, W. H. Hiett, R. A. Boddy, J. L. Hewson, J. W. Mc- 

Culla, D. S. MacLachlan, J. S. Bremner, L. J. Colling, G. An- 
thony, G. R. Sheard, L. C. Pilson, P.Z.'s. 
Xo. 220— A. R. McDougall, Z.; J. A. Christenson, J. A. Evans, W. H. 

Carr, W. F. Leuty, W. A. McKague, A. E. Sharpe, G. H. Horner, 

J. B. Richardson, A. R. Jefferson, P.Z.'s 
No. 221— H. C. F. Blohm, Z.; J. N. Edwards, H.; J. E. Evans, L. Arm- 
strong, P. Ramage, P.Z.'s. 
No. 222— A. E. Mulligan, Z.; W. C. Carson, J. R. Howie, C. M. Pitts, J. 

W. Tuck, H. T. C. Humphries, A. G. Humphries, E. D. Berry, 

H. W. Pointen, P.Z.'s. 
No. 223— J. C. Kincade, proxy; A. F. Righton, P.Z. 
No. 224— J. H. Creasey, Z.; J. S. Drysdale, J. A. Atkinson, W. Button, 

W. Miller, P.Z.'s. 
No. 225 — F. Alley, Z.; J. McFadden, J.; J. Alcorn, A. Spalding, J. C. 

Day, E. Woodstock, W. Pendleton, R. Wilson, J. Winton, J. 

Broadfoot, F. H. Carter, C. L. Carter, S. W. Alexander, J. 

Gray, F. Welham, C. F. Carter, P.Z.'s. 
No. 226— L. V. Wood, Proxy, P.Z. 
No. 227— J. Brown, Z.; R. H. Godden, H.; F. Chapman, M. R. Anderson, 

R. D. Adams, B. H. Smith, L. F. Walker, J. Williams, C. Mc- 

Mullen, P.Z.'s. 
No. 230— K. Dennison, Z.; J. I. Parke, H.; J. Wilton, J.; R. Young, C. M. 

Lobban, P.Z.'s. 
No. 231— A. W. Johnson, Z.; J. M. Yates, H.; A. Settle, J.; B. Settle, A. 

E. Johnson, H. L. Martyn, E. Sager, E. C. Shunk, J. E. Code, 

L. A. Stiver, D. McM. Kerr, D. S. Moncrieff, E. C. Hanson, H. 

Edmondson, D. Calder, J. R. Corner, P.Z.'s. 
No. 232— R. Fick, Proxy; W. W. Lester, P.Z. 
No. 233— B. Alford, Z.; B. Taylor, H.; E. C. Burrell, J.; W. Burton, W. 

E. Gardner, J. Burns, A. McD. Hannah, C. W. Humphreys, C. 

E. McClocklin, C. F. Bolton, E. D. Sproule, E. Mealing, P.Z.'s. 
Xo. 234—1. G. Noble, Z.; J. T. Armstrong, H.; S. Penrice, J.; J. Addy, F. 

Wilson, C. R. Renwick, L. Tracey, P.Z.'s. 
No. 235— W. F. Boaks, A. C. Welk, P.Z.'s. 
No. 236— J. Aldridge, Z.; K. Lang, H. ; F. Brown, E. C. Reid, E. Burke, 

W. Williamson, P.Z.'s. 
Xo. 238— H. C. Fleming, Z. ; W. A. Thomson, H.; F. S. Archibald, C. 

Hanna, B. S. Scott, W. G. Chapman, E. W. Mitchell, L. E. Fort- 

ner, W. L. Davies, P.Z.'s. 
No. 239— R. Nudds, Z.; D. Payne, H.; L. Fisher, J. 
No. 240— J. N. Davis, Proxy, P.Z. 
No. 241—0. R. Roberts, Z.; J. E. Young, H.; E. Pickles, V. Voden, H. 

S. Biggs, P. W. Rogers, P.Z.'s. 
No. 242— D. B. Allan, Proxy, P.Z. 
Xo. 243— H. Warden, Z.; R. Deauberry, H.; E. T. Spera, E. Boden, H. 

Boden, E. H. Brennan, P.Z.'s. 



20 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

No. 245— W. Cory, Proxy, P.Z. 

No. 246— D. Bremner, Z.; H. Banks, H.; L. Harron, J.; F. S. Fordham, 
H. J. Smith, A. F. Nisbet Sr., A. F. Nisbet Jr., R. H. Taylor, 
J. R. Johnson, H. E. Harrison, R. Cruise, J. Bremner, D. J. 
McLean, P.Z.'s. 

No. 247— G. Sleightholm, Z.; M. Landsdell, L. Gent, P.Z.'s. 

No. 249— E. F. R. Osborne, Z.; B. Tink, H.; C. J. Allin, J. Baker, E. H. 
Brown, W. R. Strike, L. W. Dippell, H. Ferguson, H. G. Free- 
man, R. E. Logan, N. A. Wilkins, W. H. Gibson, J. H. Jose, 
P Z 's 

No. 250— L. Allan, Z.; A. Graham, L. Dowdell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 251— G. Harris, Z.; H. S. Rood, R. A. Bilbrough, R. Pinegar, P.Z.'s. 

No. 252— J. MacBeth, Z.; J. Facer, J.; J. H. Coleman, F. P. MacFarlane, 
J. D. Van Home, P.Z.'s. 

No. 253— E. Hind, W. Butler, L. Challand, H. V. Ryerse, A. E. William- 
son, P.Z.'s. 

No. 254— C. Fotheringham, J. A. Cox, P.Z.'s. 

No. 255— R. Hart, Z.; M. A. L. Hicks, J. 

No. 256— F. J. Johnson, Proxy, P.Z. 

No. 258— C. S. Feasby, Proxy, R. Manewell, P.Z. 

No. 259— G. Neill, Proxy, P.Z. 

No. 260— J. A. Christenson, Z.; A. R. McDougall, H.; D. S. MacLachlan, 
J.; W. F. Leuty, W. H. Carr, W. A. McKague, P.Z.'s. 
The following 19 Chapters were not represented: 
Manitou, No. 27; Excelsior, No. 45; Bruce, No. 53; King Hiram, 

No. 57; Pembroke, No. 58; Granite, No. 61; Willson, No. 64; Malloch, 

No. 66; Beaver, No. 74; MacNabb, No. 88; Golden, No. 90; Leeds, No. 132; 

Atwood, No. 149; Klondike, No. 154; Cobalt, No. 203; Northern Lights, 

No. 213; Prince Edward, No. 218; Dochert, No. 248; Espanola, No. 257. 
140 Chapters represented. 
19 Chapters not represented. 



159 

There were 644 Registered Delegates having a total vote O'f 863. 
All of which is fraternally submitted, 

JAMES W. WOODLAND, Chairman. 
JOSEPH BENSON, Vice-Chairman. 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
J. W. Woodland and: — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Credentials be 
received and adopted. 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

The Most Excellent, the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe E. to call 
the roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Jurisdictions, when they as- 
sembled before the Altar. The following Grand Representatives answered 
their names: 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney, Toronto Alabama 

P. W. Rogers, Toronto Arizona 

G. H. Coleman, Sarnia Arkansas 

J. A. Mackie, Toronto British Columbia 

D. Calder, Toronto California 

0. B. Parker, Toronto Colorada 

H. J. Milne, Kingston Connecticut 

W. J. Grierson, Toronto Delaware 

B. H. Smith, Belleville District of Columbia 

M. S. Gooderham, Toronto Florida 

J. W. Woodland, Toronto Illinois 

A. L. Tinker, Toronto Indiana 



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R. W. McFadden, Brantford Ireland 

Rev. A. S. H. Cree, Leamington Kentucky 

J. Carson, Loudon Louisiana 

M. R. Anderson, Belleville Maine 

P. S. Jannison, Sault Ste, Marie Manitoba 



A. J. Stringer, Toronto 
P. W. Dean, Hamilton 

F. C. Ackert, Gait 

H. T. C. Humphries. Ottawa 

C. P. Eagles, -A i id land 

D. Ha reus, Fort William 

A. Cavanagh, London 

N. M. Sprague, Trenton 

G. H. Shannon, Kitchener 
F. J. Johnson, Long- Branch 
J. M. Bui den. Toronto 

J. A. Evans, Toronto 

B. S. Scott, London 
L. Hew son, Toronto 

C. M. Pitts, Ottawa 

A. G. N. Bradshaw, London 



. Massachusettes 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Montana 

New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New South Wales 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 
Ohio 



A. F. Tannahill, Toronto Oklahoma 

W. E. Tregenza, Windsor Oregon 

J. L. House, Toronto Pennsylvania 

C. W. Emmett, Port Credit Philippines 

M. A. Searle, Toronto Quebec 

E. H. Brennan, Leamington Rhode Island 



J. E. Girven. Peterborough 

A. McD. Hannah. Toronto 

C. Fotheringham, Tillsonburg 

A. C. Mason, Kitchener 

L. B. Gillaspie, Ottawa 

C. Sheppard, Niagara Falls 

A. Wishart, Woodstock 

R. J. Lewis, Toronto 
F. Schytte, Toronto 
S. Perlman, Toronto 



Saskatchewan 
Scotland 

Tennessee 

Texas 

Utah 

Vermont 

Victoria 

Washington 

West Virginia 

Wisconsin 



.M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle extended a warm welcome to the Repre- 
sentatives and asked them to keep in contact with their respective Grand 
Chapters, and strengthen the fraternal bonds of union with our Sister 
Jurisdictions. Grand Honors were given and R. Ex. Comp. C. P. Eagles 
spoke on behalf of the Representatives. 



22 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



GRAND Z'S. ADDRESS 

To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, The 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
My Companions: 

It is again my great privilege to extend to you a hearty and 
fraternal welcome to this, our ONE HUNDRED and FIRST 
SESSION of GRAND CHAPTER, and the first Convocation of 
our SECOND CENTURY. 

While we are forcibly reminded of the rapid passing of time, 
yet with grateful thanks to the Great Jehovah, all will recall the 
Centennial celebration held one year ago. This memorable mile- 
stone in the history of our Grand Chapter added much to its lustre 
and prestige, but above all, brought with it a fuller appreciation 
of our priceless heritage, the responsibilities we must assume as 
Companions of our time-honoured institution, and that we must 
measure up to the challenge of an ever beckoning future. That 
the Centennial left its impression on those who were present is, I 
suggest, borne out by the following excerpt from the report made 
by Most Ex. Comp. Rt. Hon. the Earl of Galloway, L.L., J.P., 
First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of Scotland, to his Grand Chapter: 

"Of the great hospitality and kindness of our Cana- 
dian Companions, I cannot speak too highly. It was an 
inspiration to us to be with them and to meet so many 
distinguished Masons and to share our views and our 
experiences. We marvelled at the efficiency of the Com- 
panions who had organised these Centennial celebrations 
and their untiring efforts to entertain their guests." 

We rejoice that we are again honoured with the presence of 
Most Wor. Bro. and Rt. Ex. Comp. Harry L. Martyn, Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 
We would be exceedingly remiss if we failed to express to him 
our thanks and appreciation for the outstanding contribution he 
has made during the period he has been our Grand Master. We 
feel sure that when his term expires in July next, he will, right- 
fully, experience the great joy of achievement. This Grand Chap- 
ter assures continued allegiance and loyalty to him and Grand 
Lodge. We are delighted that he is accompanied by Rt. Wor. 
Bro. and Companion Ewart G. Dixon, M.C., Q.C., whose friendly 
advice and guidance have been available, and of immeasureable 
value, at all times, and in conveying to him the thanks of this 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 23 

Grand Chapter I also do so in a personal manner as the beneficiary 
of his kindness. 

Wc warmly welcome the Grand First Principals, of their 
representatives, of our sister jurisdications in Canada, and it is my 
privilege also to again extend cordial greetings to the Grand High 
Priests, or their representatives, and others from various Grand 
jurisdictions of the United States. Their visitations with us 
exemplify the happy and valuable relationship which have been 
formed and cemented throughout the years. 

We also extend a warm fraternal welcome to other Masonic 
bodies, namely, the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite; Sovereign 
Great Priory Knights Templar of Canada; the Grand Council of 
Royal and Select Masters. Cryptic Rite: the Order of High Priest- 
hood, and the Masonic and Military Order of the Knights of the 
Red Cross of Constantine and Appendant Orders. 

During the past two years I have gained a deeper understand- 
ing of the nobleness and the need of the institution of Royal Arch 
Masonry. The challenge to it is greater than ever before and to 
be a Royal Arch Mason should mean a great deal because our 
Order stands for ideals, for thinking, for character — not in the 
abstract and general, but in the concrete and individual. I am 
constrained to say that we have developed a feeling of complacency, 
as a consequence of which the progress of our Order has to some 
degree been retarded. Nothing retards the wheels of progress 
quite so effectively as contentment. If we are no better, no wiser, 
no greater than the past, then we have failed in our mission. We 
may faithfully discharge the high and important duties that de- 
volve upon us, yet we must always beware of contentment. Any 
society that is not improving, is deteriorating. To be successful 
and justify our existence we must be progressive and in a constant 
state of transformation, developing new and loftier ideals, reach- 
ing out for greater things, and marching abreast of the advancing 
age. Who will doubt that the crying need in this day and genera- 
tion is for a nobler conception of human relationship, a finer vision 
of human brotherhood, and a more generous application of the 
Golden Rule. Ritualistic forms and ceremonies and speculative 
teachings are but a medium by which we ascend to a higher level 
of useful effort and unselfish service. Let us put aside the non- 
essentials, look beyond the realm of trivialities, and magnify the 
wide, far-reaching principles, which alone are responsible for 
Masonic greatness and which will continue to attract and hold 
the interest of thoughtful and sincere individuals. Seldom does 
one find a man who makes any form of contribution to humanity 
who lives for himself alone. Poor indeed is he whose life does 
not give something of itself — without money and without price, 
to another. Love of home, affection for friends, charity to the 
less fortunate, desire for good reputation, and honour, these are 
all intangibles, yet rhey make up the most and the best of life. 



24 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Thousands of years ago the Psalmist sang "Behold how good 
and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity". 
This is just as true today, but to dwell in unity we must have a 
common bond, a common tie, a common inspiration. Such in- 
spiration is ours for the taking. We have a great mission to fulfill 
and grave responsibilities have been placed upon us. Let us not 
waste time, therefore, in dreaming of a far-distant future, however 
alluring it may appear, but take up the challenge which is now 
before us and go forward, striving for that sublime cause of uni- 
versal brotherhood, which is above and beyond all price. 
"What greater opportunity 

Has come, or could there ever be 

Than this, that we have been allowed 

A day to use what God endowed? 

We cannot see beyond today, 

And yet we squander time away 

As though it were eternity. 

God grant that we today may see, 

May choose and use the wiser way, 

Our opportunity — today." 

NECROLOGY 

During the past year many devoted Companions have com- 
pleted their earthly mission and been called to the Grand Chapter 
above. 

On May 19th, 1958, shortly following the Centennial Con- 
vocation, Grand Chapter sustained a great loss in the passing of 
M. Ex. Comp. John A. M. Taylor, who served as Grand First 
Principal in 1953 and 1954. He had made his contribution in 
many spheres of Masonic endeavour and will always be remem- 
bered by Grand Chapter for his zealous and untiring efforts in the 
cause of Royal Arch Masonry. 

We were also saddened by the death of V. Ex. Comp. Sydney 
Newdick on May 18th, 1958. He had served Royal Arch 
Masonry well and for twenty-five years had been a member of 
the Committee of Scrutineers, acting as its Chairman much of the 
time. 

On December 2nd, 1958, this Grand Chapter also lost another 
well-known and beloved member in the person of Rt. Ex. Comp. 
William J. Shaw, then Grand Archivist, whose devotion to Royal 
Arch Masonry had gained the esteem of all Companions, and 
others who came in contact with him. 

It is also with regret that I report the death of Rt. Ex. Comp. 
B. F. Nott, on March 28th, 1959. He was exceedingly well 
known in all Masonic circles and gained for himself the high re- 
gard and esteem of the Companions of this jurisdiction. For his 
zeal and enthusiasm for Royal Arch Masonry this Grand Chapter, 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 25 

some years ago, paid him tribute by conferring Honourary Mem- 
bership on the Grand Executive. 

Also on March 28th, 1959, Rt. Ex. Comp. James C. Leith, 
a member of the Grand Executive, died after a rather long illness. 
He will, indeed, be missed by reason of his kindly attitude to all 
Companions, and the efficiency with which he discharged any 
responsibility entrusted to him. 

Many of the Companions will recall the inspirational Address 
given by the Rev. Dr. W. Harold Young, at the Centennial 
Thanksgiving Service. The Masonic Fraternity everywhere 
mourns his sudden death on December 21st, 1958. 

We tender our deepest sympathy to the immediate families 
of these and other Companions who have passed to their great 
reward since last we met. 

Reports from numerous sister jurisdictions record the names 
of many of their Companions who have answered the last great 
call. To them we offer our heartfelt condolences in the loss of 
i hose distinguished Companions. 

The Committee on Fraternal Dead, under the Chairmanship 
of Rt. Ex. Comp. George Phillips, will present its report at this 
Convocation. 

"Not silent are those hallowed dead, 
A richer eloquence survives; 
We have from those who've gone ahead, 
The inspiration of their lives." 

VISITATIONS 

As my term of office draws to a close it is with a feeling of 
extreme pleasure and pride that I review my visitations over the 
past year. These have contributed much to extend my vision and 
increase my knowledge of our Royal Craft and I have been blessed 
with the happy fraternal relationship of the Companions not only 
of our jurisdiction, but many others. 

At the invitation of M. Wor. Bro. Harry L. Martyn, Grand 
Master, my attendance with that of Rt. Ex. Comp. F. J. Johnson, 
Grand Scribe "E", at the One Hundred and Third Communica- 
tion of Grand Lodge, was both inspirational and educational. The 
graciousness of the Grand Master's reception, and the hospitality 
afforded, will long be remembered. 

Some visitations to sister jurisdictions in Canada and the 
United States were declined only because they conflicted with my 
commitments in our jurisdiction. 

My personal thanks are extended to M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. 
Dean, who accompanied me to the Grand Chapter of Michigan; 
M. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, who represented Grand Chapter and 
myself at the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania, and M. Ex. Comp. 



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C. M. Pitts, who did likewise at the Grand Chapter of Nova 
Scotia. 

The visitations throughout the year brought immense stimu- 
lation and encouragement to me and I appreciated the dignity 
with which I was received, and the marked courtesy and un- 
bounded hospitality displayed on all occasions. Following is a 
list of the visits made: 



Chapter, Lodge 
or Event 

1958 
MAY- 
S' 7— Grand Chapter of 
Virginia 
19 — Prince Edward 
Chapter No. 31 

28 — Norwood and North 

Star Chapters 
JUNE— 

13 — Nilestown Chapter 

No. 247 
19— St. Clair Chapter 

No. 75 
20— R. A.M. Golf 

Tournament 
23 — Centennial Chapter 

No. 260 

JULY— 

10— Grand Chapter 
Office 
15-17— Grand Lodge 
SEPT.— 

19— The St. Patrick 
Chapter No. 145 
22 — Georgetown Chapter 

26— Shuniah Chapter 

No. 82 
27— Quetico Chapter 

No. 259 
28 — Divine Service 
OCT.— 
1- 2 — Cunningham Chapter 
No. 187 



Location 

Norfolk, Va. 
Picton, Ont. 

Edmonton, Alta. 

Nilestown, Ont. 
Milton, Ont. 
Aurora, Ont. 
Streetsville, Ont. 

Toronto 
Toronto 
Toronto 

Georgetown, Ont. 
Port Arthur, Ont. 
Atikokan, Ont. 
Port Arthur, Ont. 
Cleveland, Ohio 



Occasion 



Official Guest 



3- 4 — Northern Lights Chap. 
No. 213 
5 — Divine Service 
6— Grand Chapter Office 

8— McKay Chapter No. 243 
10 — Occident Chapter 
No. 77 
16-18— Grand Chapter of 

Michigan 
20-21— Grand Chapter of Ohio 
23 — Nilestown Chapter 

No. 247 
24— Oxford Chapter No. 18 

25 — Georgian District No. 9 
29 — Principals' Assoc. 

Niagara District No. 7 
31 — King Solomon's 
Chapter No. 8 
NOV.— 

8 — Sombra Chapter 

No. 153 
9 — Toronto District 

No. 8 A 
12— Huron District No. 6 



Timmins, Ont. 

Timmins, Ont. 
Toronto 

Stoney Creek, Ont. 
Toronto 

Battle Creek, Mich. 

Cincinnati, Ohio 
Nilestown, Ont. 

Woodstock, Ont. 

Barrie, Ont. 

Port Colborne, Ont. 

Toronto 



Wallaceburg, Ont. 
Brampton, Ont. 
St. Marys, Ont. 



Presentation Grand Chapter 
Regalia to Ex. Comp. William 
Havery 
Visitations 



Dedication of Chapter Room 
Dedication of Chapter Room 



Consecration of new Chapter 
and Dedication of Chapter 
Room 

Conference with Grand 
Scribe E and Grand J 
Official Guest 

Past Principals Night 

Formation Principals' Asso- 
ciation, Wellington District 
District Meeting 

Consecration and Dedication 
of Chapter Room 



Canadian Grand Chapter 
Night to honour 100th Anni- 
versary Grand Chapter of 
Canada and Grand First 
Principal 
District Meeting 



Meeting Advisory Com. and 
Council 

Dedication of Chapter Room 
Reception Grand Z and pre- 
sentation Hon. Membership 
Official Guest 

Official Guest 
Grand Chapter Night 

Presentation 25 Year Past 
Principal's Jewel 
District Meeting 
Visitation 

"Ladies' Night" 

Dedication of Chapter Room 
District Divine Service 
District Meeting 



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Chapter. Lodge 

or Kvent Location 

15— Tuscan Chapter No. 95 Sudbury, Ont. 
17 — St. John's Morrisburg, Ont. 

Chapter No. 112 
19 — Lebanon Chapter Toronto 

No. 220 
20 — Grand Chapter Office Toronto 

22— The St. Patrick Toronto 

Chapter No. 145 
23— The St. Patrick Toronto 

Chapter No. 145 
24 — Aurora Chapter No. 235 Aurora, Ont. 
28 — St. George's Chapter London, Ont. 

No. 5 

DEC— 

8-10— Grand R.A. Chapter 
of Massachusetts 
19 — Humber Chapter 
No. 246 

1959 
JAN.— 

5— The St. Andrew & St. 

John's Chapter No. 4 
6 — Mount Sinai Chapter 

No. 212 
9— York Chapter No. 62 
14 — St. Paul's Chapter 

No. 65 
16— The St. Patrick 
Chapter No. 145 
17— Grand Chapter Office 



Boston, Mass. 
Weston 



Toronto 
Toronto 



Toronto 
Toronto 



Toronto 
Toronto 



Picton, Ont. 



19 — Prince Edward 

Chapter No. 31 
22— Ulster Chapter No. 219 Toronto 
22 — King Solomon's Toronto 

Chapter No. 8 



Streetsville, Ont. 



23— St. Alban's Chapter Toronto 

No. 217 
26— Centennial Chapter 

No. 260 
29 — Principal's Association, Toronto 

Toronto Districts Nos. 

8 and 8A 

FEB.— 
3- 6— The Grand Chapter of Albany, N.Y. 

the State of New York 
10-12— Grand Chapter of Winnipeg, Man. 

Manitoba 
20 — St. Francis Chapter Smiths Falls, Ont. 

No. 133 



Visitation 

Dedication of Chapter Room 

Presentation 25 Year Past 

Principal's Jewel 

Meeting Advisory Com. and 

Council 

Annual Grand Chapter Night 

Special Luncheon 

"Master Masons Night" 
Visitation 



Official Guest 

Presentation Hon. 
ship to Grand "Z" 



Member- 



26— Toronto Districts 
Nos. 8 and 8A 



Toronto 



Installation Ceremony 

Installation Ceremony 

Installation Ceremony 
Installation Ceremony 

Installation Ceremony 

Meeting — Revision Grand 
Chapter History 
Special Visitation 
Presentation Hon. Member- 
ship to Grand "Z" 
Presentation 25 Year Jewel 
to Grand Scribe "E" and 50 
Year Jewel to Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Arthur Tinker. 
Installation Ceremony 

Installation Ceremony 

Annual Dinner 



Official Guest 

Official Guest 

Spec. Convocation and pre- 
sentation Hon. Membership 
to Grand "Z" 
Reception to Grand "Z" 



Listowel, Ont. 



MAR.— 

10 — Bernard Chapter 

No. 146 
14— Grand Chapter Office Toronto 

16 — Grand Chapter Office Toronto 

17— Ionic Chapter No. 168 Campbellford, Ont. 

20— The St. Patrick Toronto 

Chapter No. 145 
25-26— Grand Chapter of Montreal, P.Q. 

Quebec 
27— Summit Triangle Buffalo, N.Y. 

Chapter 

APR.— 

4 — The St. Andrew Toronto 

Chapter No. 238 
9— The St. Clair Chapter London, Ont. 

No. 231 



Spec. Convocation. Reception 
to Grand "Z" 

Meeting Spec. Committee re 
Grand Chapter History 
Meeting Nomination Com. 
Fiftieth Anniversary 
"Irish Night" 

Official Guest 

"International Night" 



Birthday Convocation 

Presentation Hon. Member- 
ship to Grand "Z" 



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HONOURS 

During the past year I have been the proud recipient of Hon- 
ourary Membership in the following Chapters, and acknowledge 
with grateful thanks the honours so conferred upon me: 

The Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Manitoba— Past Grand "Z," 

Prince Edward Chapter No. 31, Picton, 

Occident Chapter No. 77. Toronto, 

Shuniah Chapter No. 82, Port Arthur, 

Quetico Chapter No. 259, Atikokan, 

Fort William Chapter No. 140,. Fort William, 

Northern Lights No. 213. Timmins, 

Sombra Chapter No. 153, Wallaceburg, 

Humber Chapter No. 246, Weston, 

St. Francis Chapter No. 133, Smiths Falls, 

St. Alban's Chapter No. 217, Toronto. 

Ulster Chapter No. 219, Toronto. 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

It has been a distinct pleasure to recommend the following 
for Grand Representatives near our Grand Chapter, and to report 
that these have been confirmed by the respective Grand First Prin- 
cipals, or Grand High Priests, and the necessary Commissions 
presented: 

Delaware— R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Grierson, Toronto, Ont. 

Montana — R. Ex. Comp. D. Harcus, Fort William, Ont. 

Texas — R. Ex. Comp. A. C. Mason, Kitchener, Ont. 

West Virginia— R. Ex. Comp. F. Schytte, Toronto, Ont. 

Manitoba — R. Ex. Comp. P. S. Jannison, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

Quebec — M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, Toronto, Ont. 

Victoria, Australia — V. Ex. Comp. A. Wishart, Woodstock, Ont. 

Western Australia— R. Ex. Comp. E. H. Wood, Belleville, Ont. 

Moreover, the following distinguished Companion has been 
nominated and approved as our Grand Representative near his 
Grand Chapter: 

Virginia — Ex. Comp. I. J. Warhman. 

ANNIVERSARIES 

On March 17th, 1959, accompanied by the Grand "H", 
Grand "J", and other Grand Chapter Officers, I attended the 
Fiftieth Anniversary of Ionic Chapter, Campbellford. It was 
encouraging to see such a large number of Companions present, 
representing many Chapters. 

Ionic Chapter is to be commended for its half century of 
service to Royal Arch Masonry and its zeal and fidelity to Grand 
Chapter. 



INNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, L959 29 

It is worthy of note that Wawanosh Chapter, Sarnia, is now 
in its One Hundredth year, which will be climaxed by a Centen- 
nial celebration in October next. Grand Chapter voices congratu- 
lations to it on attaining this historic milestone. 

I had the honour of attending the One Hundred and Fiftieth 
Anniversary of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Vir- 
ginia, in the City of Norfolk, May 5th to 7th, 1958. At that 
time it was my great pleasure to present on behalf of M. Ex. Comp. 
J. L. House. Past Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada, a Union Jack, to commemorate this special occasion. 

VETERANS OF MASONRY 

It has been my privilege over the past year to present Jewels 
to many Companions, emblematic of Fifty Years' Membership 
and service in Grand Chapter. This pleasing duty has brought 
with it an appreciation of the debt we owe these Companions who 
have laboured long and well in the vineyard of Royal Arch 
Masonry. Surely such service should inspire us to not only 
accept our individual responsibilities but follow their example 
and by a determined effort make a greater contribution to our 
respective Chapters. 

It has likewise been a privilege and given great satisfaction to 
present many Twenty-five Year Past Principals' Jewels. I am 
happy to report that the action taken by Grand Chapter last 
year; namely, restoring the Jewel (to replace the Bar), has been 
implemented. 

It has been most significant that the majority of the recipients 
of these Jewels are still active in their Chapters, recognizing in a 
very practical way their obligations thereto, and to Royal Arch 
Masonry in general. May these Veterans of Masonry continue 
to be blessed with wisdom and strength so that we may be the 
beneficiaries of their counsel and direction for years to come. 

Several Fifty Year Jewels have been presented to Companions 
residing outside our jurisdiction. I am most grateful to the various 
jurisdictions who have kindly arranged to make the presentation 
of these Jewels. 

Following is a list of those who have received recognition from 
Grand Chapter during the past year (this does not include the 
names of Excellent Companions who have received Jewels to re- 
place the Bar previously presented to them) : 

PRESENTATION OF JEWELS 

For Fifty Years Installed First Principal 

(Bar added to 25 Year Jewel) 

Chapter 

Occident. No. 77— V. Ex. Comp. R. Falconer 



30 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

For Sixty Years Installed First Principal 
(Gold Bar added to 50 Year Jewel) 

Chapter 

St. George's, No. 5 — Comp. A. H. Hodgins 
St. John's, No. 48— V. Ex. Comp. A. Bowman 

For Fifty Years a Royal Arch Mason 
Chapter 

Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui, No. 1 — Comp. D. J. Evans 

The Hiram, No. 2— Comps. H. A. Aide, J. A. Bauer, J. Bibby, J. W. 

Culhane, C. A. McGara, M. McP. Hastings, J. C. Robinson. 
St. John's, No. 3 — V. Ex. Comp. S. R. Sampson, Comp. J. Mcllvanne. 
St. George's, No. 5— Comps. 0. W. Fuller, W. H. Rath, G. J. Carswell, 

W. L. Cook, W. D. Elliott, Ex. Comp. F. D. Millar, Comp. A. W. 

Robinson, Comp. J. G. Steel, V. Ex. Comp. F. S. Thomson, V. Ex. 

Comp. J. A. Atcheson. 
King Solomon's, No. 8— Comps. W. I. Crombie, D. S. Williams, R. Ex. 

Comp. A. L. Tinker. 
Carleton, No. 16 — Comps. R. Richardson, M. Rosenthal, W. R. Saults, 

A. H. Thoburn, D. H. Younghusband, M. Ex. Comp. J. Gray, 

V. Ex. Comp. C. H. B. Sievers, Ex. Comp. L. Wood. 
Mount Horeb, No. 20 — Comp. J. L. Dixon. 
Grenville, No. 22 — Ex. Comp. A. R. Robinson. 
Tecumseh, No. 24— Ex. Comp. H. W. Baker, Comp. H. G. Rankin. 
Manitou, No. 27 — Comp. H. M. Stephens. 
McCallum, No. 29— R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Yocum. 
Victoria, No. 37— Ex. Comp. H. H. Holdaway, Comp. N. C. Yeo. 
St. James, No. 46 — Comp. W. J. Atkinson. 
Wellington, No. 47— Comps. J. C. Shepherd, J. W. Verrall, E. N. 

Fremlin. 
York, No. 62— V. Ex. Comp. C. F. Brookes. 
Maitland, No. 68— Comp. W. S. Murphy. 
Occident, No. 77 — Comp. J. P. Gee. 

Ark, No. 80— R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Tregenza, Comp. W. G. Wells. 
MacNabb, No. 88— Comps. R. E. Carscallen, R. McVean, W. A. Peace. 
Kitchener, No. 117 — Comp. F. A. Lewis. 
Amabel, No. 131 — Comp. R. Cooley. 

Succoth, No. 135— V. Ex. Comp. D. A. Turner, Ex. Comp. W. Akney. 
Shekinah, No. 138— R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Evans. 
London, No. 15C — M. Ex. Comp. J. E. Johnson. 
Lome, No. 164— Comp. H. Miller. 
Kichikewana, No. 167 — Comp. W. R. Benson. 

For Twenty-five Years Installed First Principal 

Chapter 

Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui, No. 1 — R. Ex. Comp. H. F. Thomson. 

The Hiram, No. 2— R. Ex. Comp. J. H. Forbes. 

St. Andrew & St. John, No. 4— Ex. Comp. J. B. Stewart. 

St. George's, No. 5 — R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Cushman, Ex. Comp. H. F. 

Hill, V. Ex. Comp. W. A. Hunter. 
The Moira, No 7— J. A. Weese. 

King Solomon's, No. 8 — R. Ex. Comp. F. J. Johnson. 
Carleton, No. 16— R. Ex. Comp. J. P. Cordukes. 
Mount Moriah, No. 19 — V. Ex. Comp. F. D. Wilson. 
Mount Horeb, No. 20— Ex. Comp. W. T. Sills. 
Ezra, No. 23 — R. Ex. Comp. W. Johnston. 

Tecumseh, No. 24 — Ex. Comp. F. C. Walker, Ex. Comp. F. Bradley. 
McCallum, No. 29— V. Ex. Comp. F. H. Howe. 



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Huron, No. 30 — Ex. Comp. R. G. Sanderson. 

Keystone, No. 35 — Ex. Comp. J. R. Frost. 

Corinthian. No. 36 — Ex. Comp. A. J. Throop. 

Victoria, No. 37— V. Ex. Comp. H. Mitchell. 

Harris. No. 41 — R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Anscombe. 

Mount Sinai, No. 44 — Ex. Comp. R. E. Sexsmith. 

St. James. No. 46— Ex. Comp. N. V. Johnston. 

Wellington, No. 47— Ex. Comp. W. J. Hayden, V. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. 
Hay. 

Palestine, No. 54— R. Ex. Comp. E. E. Seger. 

Georgian, No. 56— Ex. Comp. G. A. Garbutt. 

King Hiram, No. 57— Ex. Comps. G. N. Black, C. F. Rogers. 

York, No. 62— R. Ex. Comp. S. H. B. Tonkin. 

Havelock, No. 63— Ex. Comp. H. D. Thacker. 

Enterprise. No. 67 — R. Ex. Comp. J. F. Edwards, Ex. Comp. S. 
Moore. 

Grimsby, No. 69— Ex. Comp. J. H. Wells, V. Ex. Comp. D. Cloughley. 

Beaver, No. 74 — Ex. Comp. H. M. Laughton, Ex. Comp. W. G. Mac- 
Vicar. 

Shuniah, No. 82— V. Ex. Comp. F. S. Foot. 

Algonquin, No. 102 — R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Davidson. 

St. John's, No. 103— R. Ex. Comp. E. L. Moore. 

Covenant. No. 113— R. Ex. Comp. A. Mitchell. 

Bonnechere, No. 114 — Ex. Comp. T. Williams. 

Brant, No. 115— R. Ex. Comp. J. L. Churchill. 

King Cyrus, No. 119 — Ex. Comp. H. M. Peterson. 

Elliott, No. 129— V. Ex. Comp. E. H. Robinson. 

Succoth, No. 135 — Ex. Comp. J. McG. Low. 

Bernard, No. 146— Ex. Comp. S. L. Bartja. 

Alberton, No. 152— Ex. Comp. J. W. Skrief. 

Sombra, No. 153 — R. Ex. Comp. W. G. Laing. 

The Hamilton, No. 175— V. Ex. Comp. W. J. Riddell. 

Hugh Murray, No. 184 — Ex. Comp. A. J. Francis. 

Peel, No. 195— Ex. Comp. N. L. Powell. 

Kitchener, No. 210— Ex. Comp. L. W. Latimer. 

Mount Sinai, No. 212— V. Ex. Comp. M. L. Levy. 

Northern Lights, No. 213— Ex. Comp. J. Ralph. 

Vimy, No. 214— V. Ex. Comp. G. R. Tinney. 

St. Alban's, No. 217— R. Ex. Comp. J. R. Mackie. 

Lebanon, No. 220— V. Ex. Comp. R. N. Carr, V. Ex. Comp. W. M. 
Creech. 

Durham, No. 221 — Ex. Come. J. F. Irwin. 

Ottawa, No. 222— Ex. Comp. W. C. Pescod. 

Beaver, No. 225— R. Ex. Comp. J. S. Pickard. 

Quinte Friendship, No. 227— Ex. Comp. E. E. Smith, Ex. Comp. A. 
E. Barlow. 

Oakwood, No. 233— V. Ex. Comp. A. E. Hayward. 

Halton, No. 234— Ex. Comp. A. H. Feller. 

St. Andrew, No. 238— Ex. Comp. W. F. Bailey. 

University, No. 241 — R. Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy. 

McKay, No. 243— Ex. Comp. H. B. Lobb, Ex. Comp. C. J. C. Smith. 

Thomas Peters, No. 250 — Ex. Comp. D. Morrison, Ex. Comp. A. R. 
Graham. 

Hiawatha, No. 252— V. Ex. Comp. J. A. Smith. 

ROYAL ARCH MASONS WELFARE COMMITTEE 
TORONTO DISTRICTS 8 AND 8A 

On February 15th, 1959, I was pleased to attend the Annual 
Meeting of this Committee, which was again held at the Y.M.C.A. 



32 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

on Eglinton Avenue East. I then installed the Officers for the 
coming year. Ex. Comp. John Webber of St. Albans Chapter 
was replaced as Chairman by Rt. Ex. Comp. J. Llewellyn Hewson 
of Ulster Chapter. The reports submitted by various Chairmen 
of Sub-Committees were most enlightening and again proved the 
worthwhileness and excellence of the work accomplished by this 
group of dedicated Royal Arch Masons. 

During the Summer period this Committee was again respon- 
sible for the transportation of mothers and under-privileged chil- 
dren from the Toronto Missions to its Camp at Bronte, Ontario. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Elmer M. Woolcock, Chairman of the Hos- 
pital Visiting Committee, advised that all Royal Arch Companions 
from Districts other than Toronto, who had been reported to be 
in Hospitals in the metropolitan area of Toronto, had received 
visitations and comforts. I would again urge that the Scribes 
"E" of constituent Chapters inform the Grand Scribe "E", Rt. Ex. 
Comp. F. J. Johnson, or Rt. Ex. Comp. Woolcock, 91 Castle 
Knock Road, Toronto 12, when any of their Companions are 
patients in Hospitals within the Toronto metropolitan area. 

The Welfare Committee continues to bring comfort and hap- 
piness to patients at Divadale Hospital, where veterans receive 
domiciliary care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. 
Likewise a similar form of endeavour continues to be carried out 
for aged men and women — inmates of Laughlin Lodge. 

The Committee also continues its interest in the Metropolitan 
School for Retarded Children, at 186 Beverley Street, Toronto, 
but to an increased degree. The value of the work accomplished 
in this connection is perhaps best exemplified by letters received 
from the Residence Supervisor. I quote hereunder portions from 
these communications: 

September 17th, 1958. 

"Once again we wish to thank you for your many, 
many kindnesses to our children and our staff. You are 
often the topic of happy conversation among our chil- 
dren. 

You are aiding the staff in a very important way by 
helping us to keep our children in close contact with the 
reality of the world outside our "Home". They are 
learning a valuable lesson, how to get along with people 
other than our staff." 

January 19th, 1959. 

"We thank you once again for your companionship 

with our children every week, the outings, gifts and 

money you have so kindly provided for us over the past 

two years." 

It was gratifying to learn that the Committee finances these 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 33 

projects, in the main, by its own efforts, and its report in this 
respect reveals a healthy financial state. 

That this Committee's endeavours are bringing forth even 
greater success, is without question, and to the members thereof I 
express, both personally, and in behalf of Grand Chapter, com- 
mendation and appreciation. May I again urge other Districts 
throughout the jurisdiction to pattern themselves by the achieve- 
ments of this comparatively small but devoted group of Royal 
Arch Masons. Indeed, Tuscan Chapter, Sudbury, recently re- 
ported that commencing with Christmas, 1956, their Chapter has 
taken an interest in the children in hospitals there and since that 
date every child confined to hospital during the Christmas period 
has received a suitable gift, the cost of which has been covered by 
the voluntary contributions of Chapter members. There may, of 
course, be other Chapters in a similar category, which have not so 
far reported their activities in this connection to Grand Chapter. 

UNIVERSITY BURSARIES 

At its Centennial celebration in April, 1958, Grand Chapter 
accepted my recommendation that a sum of $1,500.00 be set aside 
for the purpose of awarding Bursaries of $300.00 each, to the 
following: 

Queen's University — Kingston 

University of Western Ontario — London 

McMaster University — Hamilton 

Carelton University — Ottawa 

University of Toronto — Toronto 

That the action of Grand Chapter in this respect was well merited 
is best evidenced by excerpts of letters received from the following: 

Principal, Queen's University, Kingston, 
May 21st, 1958: 

"Let me say how much I appreciate the action of 
your Chapter and your own initiative in it and how very 
helpful this award to a first year student will be." 

President, Universitv of Western Ontario, London, 
May 21st, 1958: 

"This evidence of your interest in needy students 
is very much appreciated and is a very worthy decision 
taken on the occasion of your One Hundredth Anniver- 
sary." 

President, McMaster University, Hamilton, 
May 26th, 1958: 

"This kind of help is always needed, and I can 
assure you that the money will be invested in young 



34 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

people year to year as wisely as our Scholarships Com- 
mittee can decide." 

Chairman, Sub-Committee on Awards, Carleton 
University, June 26th, 1958: 

"We are really most grateful for this generous 
contribution to the welfare of our students. There are 
special needs just now because of the tight employment 
situation and in any event we never have enough bursary 
money to meet the many worthy calls for assistance. This 
is indeed a splendid way to mark the Centennial year of 
the Grand Chapter." 

Secretary, Board of Governors, University of Toronto, 
July 10th, 1958: 

"May I express on behalf of the Board of Governors 
its appreciation of the Grand Chapter's generous action. 
Assistance of this kind is welcomed by the University 
and, by lightening the financial load, provides a real 
stimulus to able and deserving students." 

While no similar recommendation in the matter of Bursaries 
will be forthcoming this year, yet the observations made by the 
late M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Haentschel, M.D., in his Address 
at the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of Grand Chapter, namely: 
"May it not be well, therefore, that we look about 
for some other field of endeavour, to the end that we may 
leave something to those who come after, some evidence 
of activity along humanitarian lines, really worth while." 
are more than ever applicable today. I therefore recommend to 
my successor that he form a small Committee to consider and 
report to Grand Chapter next year on the advisability of con- 
tinuing the award of Bursaries, and the method of payment thereof. 

MASONIC LIBRARY 

The Grand Lodge Librarian, Rt. Wor. Bro. and Companion 
A. E. MacGregor, continues to give co-operation and advice to 
those Companions who seek his services. My personal thanks and 
those of Grand Chapter are extended to him. May I again urge 
that more Companions take advantage of the facilities available 
at the Grand Lodge Library, Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge Street, 
where there is an abundance of literature of an interesting and 
instructive nature for the enthusiastic and active Royal Arch 
Mason. 

MEMBERSHIP 

This very important aspect of Chapter activities has, during 
the year, given me considerable anxiety and I have continually 
endeavoured to stimulate interest and remind Companions that all 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 35 

arc obligated to encourage others to seek that further knowledge 
of Masonry which can be found in Royal Arch Chapters. The 
opinion I exprcssd in my Address last year, has, unfortunately, 
not changed. The Grand Scribe "E" reports that as of December 
^ 1st, 10 58, Grand Chapter Membership increased by 138, which 
is more than double that of the previous year. 

We have 22,628 Companions. During the past year we have 
lost 503 by death. However, it is alarming to observe that 152 
Companions have been lost by Suspension for non-payment of 
Dues, and 228 by Demit. The significance of this loss cannot be 
over-stressed, and I naturally wonder if in each instance an investi- 
gation was completed before the suspension was made or the Demit 
given. I feel very strongly that such a practice should be adopted 
by all Chapters. 

Again I would remind all that while advocating the need 
and importance of additional members, it is equally important to 
retain the membership we have. Thorough investigation would, 
I believe, reveal circumstances which could be rectified and thus 
bring about a lessening in the number of memberships lost in the 
field of Suspensions and Demits. 

During the past year 902 candidates have been initiated — a 
small increase over the preceding year. It is exceedingly disappoint- 
ing, however, when a study of the potentials of membership is so 
revealing; viz., Grand Lodge according to its 1958 Proceedings, 
had a membership of 134,624 as of December 31st, 1957. Thus 
if members of respective Chapters are both active in attendance and 
participation in all avenues of work in their Craft Lodges, there 
is no reason why they should not be able to influence and persuade 
many Master Masons to obtain the further Masonic knowledge 
and instruction found in a Chapter of the Holy Royal Arch, not 
forgetting the great opportunity it also affords for another Masonic 
purpose — that of social intercourse. 

The Special Grand Chapter Committee on Membership, under 
the Chairmanship of Rt. Ex. Comp. A. F. Tannahill, has fur- 
nished Grand Superintendents and Chapters with excellent material 
in the field of membership. I tender to him and his Committee, 
my personal thanks and those of Grand Chapter for its outstanding 
endeavours. Rt. Ex. Comp. Tannahill will make a full and com- 
prehensive report at this Convocation and I would again urge all 
Companions to study this report, then determine to do something 
practical about it. 

NEW CHAPTERS 

With much pleasure I reported last year that two new Chap- 
ters — Quetico at Atikokan, and Centennial at Streetsville, were 
working under dispensation. Grand Chapter in its wisdom granted 
Warrants to these Chapters at the Centennial Convocation. I 



36 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

have already officiated, with others, at the Dedication of their 
Chapter Rooms and presentation of Charters, and am able to say 
with pride that both Chapters have made excellent progress in all 
avenues of Royal Arch endeavour. 



DEDICATIONS 

It is again my privilege to report that, accompanied on each 
occasion by a splendid representation of Grand Chapter Officers, I 
officiated at the following Dedications of Chapter Rooms: 

June 13th, 1958— Nilestown Chapter No. 247, Nilestown. 

June 19th, 1958— St. Clair Chapter No. 75, Milton. 

June 23rd, 1958— Centennial Chapter No. 260, Streetsville. 

Sept. 27th, 1958— Quetico Chapter No. 259, Atikokan. 

Oct. 8th, 1958— McKay Chapter No. 243, Stoney Creek. 

Nov. 8th, 1958— Sombra Chapter No. 153, Wallaceburg. 

Nov. 17th, 1958— St. John's Chapter No. 112, Morrisburg. 



DISPENSATIONS 

Attend Divine Service 24 

Change Day or Hour of Opening 76 

Advancement of Officers as required by Constitution 13 
Permit Installation of Officers on a day not prescribed in 

By-Laws 2 

Dispense with Convocations in summer months 6 

Meet in another hall 5 

Permit Social Functions 33 

Permit a Special Emergent Meeting 3 

Permit the conferring of three Degrees in one day 1 

Dispense with Meeting due to renovation of hall 1 

Dispense with December Meeting in accordance with By-laws 1 

Hold Election in November instead of December 1 

Permit Amputation to be Initiated 1 

Total 167 

It is pleasing to observe the number of Dispensations granted 
for Divine Services. I cannot stress too strongly the advisability 
of such Services. However, they must be supported by the Com- 
panions of the respective Chapters or Districts. I am compelled to 
say that nothing affects the public reputation of our great institu- 
tion more than a sparsely attended Divine Service. 



CHAPTER BY-LA WS 
New By-Laws Approved : 

Chapter No. Chapter No. 

Mount Sinai 44 Lebanon 220 

Enterprise 67 Tyrian 258 

Prince of Wales 71 Quetico 259 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO. L959 37 

Amendments To By-Laws Approved: 



Chapter 

Ancient Frontenac & 

Cataraqui 
The St. Andrew cV: St. John 
St. George's 
Wellington 


No. 

1 
4 
5 

47 
62 
63 

71 

.. 74 

77 

82 

84 

88 

104 

110 


Chapter 

Chantry 
Shekinah 
Port William 

Atwood 

Alberton 

Sombra (2) 

Mount Sinai 

Keystone 

Quinte Friendship 

Oakwood 

The St. Andrew 

McKay 

Nilestown 

Regal 

Yukon 


No. 

130 

138 

140 

149 

152 


York 


153 


Havelock 


212 


Prince of Wales 


224 


Beaver 


227 


Occident 


233 


Shuniah 


238 


Lebanon 


243 


NacNabb 


247 


White Oak 

Wark worth 


253 

256 



DORMANT CHAPTERS 

Pembroke Chapter No. 58, Mattawa 

Klondike Chapter No. 154, Dawson City 



INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 

I am convinced that heretofore these events have played an 
important role in cementing the happy relationships which exist 
between this Grand Chapter and other jurisdictions. There are 
only two which can be considered of a permanent character — that 
held annually under the auspices of Covenant Chapter No. 113, 
Cornwall, and Massena Chapter, Massena, N.Y., and that under 
the joint auspices of Hiawatha Chapter, Sarnia, and Port Huron 
Chapter, Michigan. The former was held on September 27th, 

1958, but at that time I was in Atikokan, where I Consecrated 
and Dedicated Quetico Chapter. However, Rt. Ex. Comp. Bruce 
Smith, the Grand "H", represented Grand Chapter and myself on 
that occasion. The latter was held at Sarnia, on March 14th, 

1959. but again, other important Grand Chapter commitments 
precluded my attendance, and I, and Grand Chapter were repre- 
sented by Rt. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, the Grand "J". I 
repeat the thanks I have already expressed to them for a service 
ably performed. 

COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS 

You are again reminded that the Constitution of Grand 
Chapter requires that all Nominations for Election at Grand 
Chapter must be made available to the Grand Scribe "E" no later 
than March 1 5th, and opened by a Committee appointed by the 
Grand First Principal. This duty was properly executed by a 
Committee composed of M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Chair- 
man, and M. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, and myself, as Members. 



38 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

INVESTMENTS 

There has been a slight change this year in Grand Chapter 
Investments, brought about by Centennial Convocation expense, 
and the conversion of Government of Canada Bonds. However, 
a comprehensive report will be presented at this Convocation by 
Rt. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert, Chairman of Committee on In- 
vestments. 

FINANCES 

Grand Chapter continues to be ably served and is, indeed, 
indebted to M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, Grand Treasurer, and 
Rt. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, Chairman of the Committee on 
Finance. The very efficient manner in which they have discharged 
their respective responsibilities is worthy of the highest commenda- 
tion, and to them I express my personal thanks and those of Grand 
Chapter. They will submit to this Convocation reports contain- 
ing detailed information in the matter of our financial position. 

PAST RANK 

Ex. Comp. Russell E Cain was regularly Installed as First 
Principal of the Royal Arch Chapter of St. Andrew & St. John, 
No. 4, Toronto, but in July, 1958, was admitted to Sunnybrook 
Hospital where he received lengthy treatment for a war disability 
(leg amputation). During hospitalization he continued to ad- 
minister the affairs of his Chapter. A request has been received 
from the Chapter that he be given Past Rank, and having a per- 
sonal knowledge of this Excellent Companion's zeal for Royal 
Arch Masonry, I have no hesitation in recommending that this be 
granted. 

Ex. Comp. James Short, First Principal Toronto-Antiquity 
Chapter No. 91, because of circumstances beyond his control was 
not Installed until February of 1958. A request has been received 
from the Chapter that he be given Past Rank. It is reported that 
he has discharged his duties regularly and efficiently, and I there- 
fore recommend that Past Rank be conferred on him. 

Ex. Comp. Max Gourley of Thomas Peter's Chapter No. 
250, Windsor, was regularly Installed, but in August, 1958, suf- 
fered a heart attack and as a consequence was unable to attend 
Convocations during the Fall session. A request has been received 
from this Chapter that he be given Past Rank. It is worthy of 
note that it has been reported to me, this Excellent Companion was 
in close touch with Chapter affairs during his illness; moreover, 
that during his progress through the various Offices he was a most 
capable and conscientious Officer. I therefore recommend that Past 
Rank be granted. 

Ex. Comp. William Newman was elected First Principal of 
Warkworth Chapter No. 110, in December, 1957, but a few 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 39 

days later became ill. Hospital treatment was necessary, conse- 
quently he could not be Installed until the March Convocation. 
The Chapter reports that he has discharged his duties in a most 
capable and satisfactory manner, and 1 therefore recommend he be 
given Past Rank. 

Ex. Comp. David N. Pugsley was. on January 13th, 1955, 
Installed as First Principal of The St. Clair Chapter No. 231. 
Toronto. In the Spring of 1955 he became seriously ill, which 
required his confinement to home for the balance of his term. While 
recovery has not been complete, he has since attended, and shown 
marked interest in all phases of Chapter activities. I therefore 
recommend that Past Rank be conferred on him. 

GRAND CHAPTER HISTORY 

The delay in publication of the Grand Chapter History is 
regrettable, but I am able to assure the Companions that this has 
been occasioned by most unforeseen and unexpected difficulties. 

Grand Chapter is greatly indebted to M. Ex. Comp. Reginald 
VanEvery Conover. O.B.E.. V.D., for his ceaseless and untiring 
endeavours in research and preparation of the material which has 
been the basis of the History. 

The Grand Chapter History can be read with pride by all 
Royal Arch Masons. It is most interesting and informative and 
may be used as a method of education in all Chapters. It is well 
that I should quote the opening paragraph of the Foreword by 
M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden: 

"Probably the full and complete history of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada can 
never be reduced to words on paper. That is because the 
essence of Royal Arch Masonry consists of human and 
spiritual values which cannot be numbered and weighed 
and measured. Its real history is written in the hearts 
and lives of men and their communities." 
My unbounded thanks and appreciation go to Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Ben Scott for the tremendous contribution made by him in the 
revision and complete editing of the material available for the 
Grand Chapter History. This of necessity caused further delay 
in having the History printed, but I am able to report that it has 
now been finalized and is with the Printer, thus will be ready for 
distribution shortly following this Grand Chapter Convocation. 
Grand Chapter will always be deeply grateful to this devoted and 
dedicated Royal Arch Mason. 

RECOMMENDATION 

For many years this Grand Chapter has been impressed with 
the zeal and fidelity of Rt. Ex. Comp. Fergus A. McDiarmid, of 
Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa. His ceaseless and untiring 



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efforts on behalf of Capitular Masonry has been an inspiration to 
all and should be an example for every Companion to emulate. In 
recognition of his services I recommend that Honourary Member- 
ship on the Grand Chapter Executive Committee be conferred upon 
him in accordance with Paragraph 65, Section 1, of the Grand 
Chapter Constitution. 

Due to the death of Rt. Ex. Comp. B. F. Nott, confirmation 
of this recommendation will still leave a vacancy. 

GENERAL OBSERVATIONS 

During the past year I have made extensive visitations through- 
out the jurisdiction and have been profoundly impressed with the 
enthusiasm of so many of the Companions, coupled with their 
pride and faith in Capitular Masonry. Nevertheless, it has been 
necessary to express deep concern in the matter of lessened attend- 
ance and interest, which has been evident in all parts of the juris- 
diction. It must be agreed that this problem is not one confined to 
Royal Arch Masonry alone but exists in all Fraternal circles. 
Indeed, it has been made the subject of articles in publications — 
yes, even national and international. I am firmly of opinion 
Grand Chapter must not disregard its responsibilities in this 
respect. I believe it essential that it make an earnest study of the 
subject and formulate a long-range plan of education and instruc- 
tion at Chapter level, to foster and improve interest and enthusiasm 
in the Companions of the respective Chapters. However, it can- 
not be denied that considerable fault lies at Chapter level and with 
those charged with its leadership and administration. 

Unfortunately, a feeling of complacency has apparently de- 
veloped, and an attitude on the part of many to allow a few to 
accept responsibilities which, rightfully, belong to all. For in- 
stance, I have found that few Chapters open promptly in accord- 
ance with the stated time on their Circulars. Many Officers are 
not seized with the importance of their duties as shown by irre- 
gular and late attendance, and do not apply themselves with in- 
dustry to their work in the various Degrees; Chapter Convocations 
are not thoroughly planned and thus, due to lateness of the hour, 
few Companions remain for the refreshment period, thereby losing 
the opportunity it affords for social discourse. Similarly, good 
speakers will not accept invitations because they cannot give suf- 
ficient time to their subjects. 

The importance of matters arising out of Chapter administra- 
tion should at no time be underestimated. Executive meetings are 
usually held for this very purpose. However, all too frequently 
such matters are prolonged at regular Chapter Convocations and 
we find that Degrees commence too late, are oft-times hurried, 
and as a consequence, lose their effectiveness, and candidates are 
unable to assimilate the lessons, and accept the challenge which can 
be found therein. It is difficult to understand why a First Princi- 



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pal of any Chapter, bv well advanced planning, cannot (except on 
some special occasion) complete all the requirements of a regular 
Convocation and permit the Companions to leave for their respec- 
tive homes at a reasonable hour. 

I am convinced that the foregoing reasons are mainly the 
cause for the steady decline in attendance, and lack of interest on 
the part of Companions, rather than that other forms of entertain- 
ment and activity have been responsible. It is my firm conviction 
that if we rectify these faults, a marked increase both in attendance 
and enthusiasm will result, because I know that throughout the 
jurisdiction there is not only a pride of membership in the great 
institution of Royal Arch Masonry, but a thirst for knowledge, 
which is available by active participation in it. 

A study of the Constitution by the Principals of Chapters is 
essential, and Examining Boards should at all times be careful to 
ascertain that Principals about to be Installed, have a proper 
knowledge thereof. 

I have found that rn^ny devoted Royal Arch Masons in the 
older age bracket, or with minor disabilities, are eager to attend 
their respective Chapters but are unable to do so because of a lack 
of transportation facilities. Here, surely, is a further field of ser- 
vice which should be explored by all Chapters. 

During my term of Office I have gained considerable knowl- 
edge of Chapter activities by a study of Monthly Circulars. How- 
ever, many contain no information of value to Companions — 
merely record the date of Chapter Convocation. It must be re- 
membered that the Chapter Circular is a splendid media for 
Masonic material of an informative nature, also a means to stimu- 
late interest, and for the recognition of individual responsibility 
to all Chapter activities. I would urge that Chapters carefully 
study and take advantage of the opportunities which are available 
in this connection. I have found that all too often preparation of 
the Monthly Circular is left to a busy Scribe "E". This is the 
responsibility of the First Principal, although he must constantly 
seek the advice of the Scribe "E" for the material which appears 
therein. 

Too much importance cannot be attached to the selection of 
Officers — Chapter or otherwise. The practice exists in many 
Districts that Grand Superintendents, and other Grand Chapter 
Officers, are selected, or elected, because it is considered a Chapter's 
turn, and a method of rotation is followed. This is not healthy 
for the institution, and I am constrained to say that it is the office 
that should seek the man. 

During numerous discussions, particularly at Chapter level, it 
has been frequently mentioned that many Companions lose interest 
because they are not asked to participate in any form of Chapter 



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activity. This may be so, but, again, it is the responsibility of the 
First Principal to utilize the services of all his Companions, and I 
believe this can be done in many instances, by placing them on 
Special Committees, and seeking their advice in organization and 
planning of various Chapter functions. This naturally develops 
latent talent, and maintains enthusiasm in the knowledge that a 
worthwhile contribution is being made. 

Comparatively recently I was advised that some enthusiastic 
Royal Arch Masons in a part of our jurisdiction had been approach- 
ed regarding the formation of what is known as a York Rite 
College. I have made it abundantly clear to all concerned that the 
formation of such College would in no way be acceptable to this 
Grand Chapter; furthermore, is constitutionally improper. 

The foregoing remarks are not made in a critical vein, but 
rather that I may awaken in the minds of all devoted Companions 
the need of a practical approach to problems which have beset 
Chapters and Grand Chapter for many years. 

During the year I have had discussions with Grand Superin- 
tendents, and others, who believe it would be advantageous to 
Grand Chapter to have a geographical survey of the various Dis- 
tricts, because it is felt some Chapters are not properly located in 
their present District. The Grand Superintendent of Algoma 
District No. 14, made a careful survey of this situation, and on 
March 6th last, advised me (in part) as follows: 

"I personally feel that any change in this direction 
would be of benefit to this district. I feel also that the 
results of my year will be felt in the coming years." 
It is worthy of note that the Grand Superintendent of Algoma 
District is required to travel some 870 miles in order to make an 
official visitation to the Chapter at the farthest point from his 
home, thus the return trip actually covers a distance of 1,740 
miles. This is the largest territorial District within the jurisdic- 
tion, embracing 15,000 square miles and 3,048 miles by road. 
Likewise, New Ontario District No. 15, covers an area from North 
Bay to Sault Ste. Marie. I would, therefore, suggest to my suc- 
cessor that he appoint a Committee consisting of an active Past 
Grand Superintendent of every District, the whole Committee 
chaired by a Past Grand "Z\ so that this matter may be carefully 
studied and a report submitted to Grand Chapter next year. 

APPRECIATION 

To the Principals' Association of the two Toronto Districts 
and its immediate Past President, Rt. Ex. Comp. R. J. Lewis, I 
express thanks in behalf of Grand Chapter for the invitation ex- 
tended to hold this One Hundred and First Convocation in the 
City of Toronto, the Capital of the Province of Ontario. I also 
acknowledge with appreciation the efforts made by its membership, 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 43 

which have been an important factor in completion of arrange- 
ments necessary in connection with any Convocation of Grand 
Chapter. 

To the Past Grand First Principals I voice sincere thanks for 
the assistance and advice which have always been so readily avail- 
able. The co-operation and support given to me by Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Bruce H. Smith, and Rt. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, Grand 
"H" and "J" respectively, is worthy of high commendation, and 
to them I express my most sincere thanks. Furthermore, the con- 
tribution made during the year by Rt. Ex. Comp. R. J. Lewis, 
Grand Lecturer, has been exceptional. He has travelled extensively, 
at no expense to Grand Chapter, to make his services in the im- 
portant field of Royal Arch Masonic instruction, available to those 
Districts and Chapters in the jurisdiction. For this, and his many 
personal services, I tender my deep appreciation. 

My visitations throughout the jurisdiction have constantly 
enabled me to observe the services rendered by other Grand Chapter 
Officers, and the Grand Superintendents. It has been evident that 
they have applied themselves with diligence to the discharge of their 
responsibilities, and their loyalty to Grand Chapter has been par- 
ticularly noteworthy. To them I extend my personal thanks, and 
those of Grand Chapter. 

The co-operation and support I have received from Rt. Ex. 
Comp. F. J. Johnson, The Grand Scribe "E", have been most 
notable and are but further proof of the faithful and loyal service 
he has given to Grand Chapter. His friendship and counsel have 
been a source of encouragement, and to him I proffer my most 
sincere thanks. I would be most negligent if I failed to also ex- 
press my deep appreciation to his Secretary, Miss Gwen Moore, 
and I therefore record my thanks accordingly, for her capable 
service. 

CONCLUSION 

The Sceptre which you presented to me two years ago will 
soon be passed to my successor. The high honour then bestowed 
upon me, together with the authority vested in me, has been the 
peak of my Masonic life, and I shall always remember the great 
privilege which was mine in presiding at the Centennial Grand 
Chapter Convocation. The Office has been time-consuming and 
demanding, but my life has been enriched by the experiences it has 
afforded. I have endeavoured to serve you with all my ability and 
strength, motivated only by an ardent desire to do so in the inter- 
ests of Royal Arch Masonry. There have been occasions, perhaps, 
when I have failed, but may I assure you these were not because of 
a lack of will or inclination to do that which was right, but due, 
rather, to human frailties. I believe, by reason of your charity and 
kindness, you will pardon my seeming imperfections, remembering 
my great enthusiasm for Capitular Masonry. I view the past with 



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gratitude, the future with hope, assuring you of my untiring 
devotion to the cause of Royal Arch Masonry — always striving 
for that peace, harmony and good companionship, which must be 
continually cultivated and maintained. 

Companions, I have been brought to a greater realization of 
the necessity of carrying into our daily lives the practice of those 
principles and precepts which are the fundamentals of our noble 
institution, because only by so doing may we raise a superstructure, 
worthy of ourselves and of the Order to which we are privileged 
to belong. Our heritage is great and we must constantly remind 
ourselves of our individual responsibility to keep it unspotted and 
unsullied, so that future generations may receive it from us pure 
and undefiled, enriched by the contribution we have made to its 
strength and power. 

"Lose this day loitering — 'twill be the same story 
Tomorrow — and the next more dilatory; 
Then indecision brings its own delays, 
And days are tost lamenting o'er lost days. 
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute — 
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. 
Courage has genius, power, and magic in it. 
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated — 
Begin it, and the work will be completed/' 

— Goethe's Faust 
Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

lilaurice J/\. cbearle, 

GRAND Z. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. C. W. 
Emmett and — 

Resolved — That the address of the M. Ex. the Grand Z. be referred to 
the Committee on the Grand Z.'s Address to report thereon during- the 
present Convocation of Grand Chapter. 



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GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS' REPORTS 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT No. 1 
Rt. Ex. Comp. N. H. Walford 
On behalf of the Companions of St. Clair District No. 1 I would first 
like to extend my thanks to Most Excellent Companion Maurice A. Searle, 
our Grand First Principal, in confirming my election as Superintendent 
for the District in which I hope I have been able to render a service to the 
satisfaction of all concerned. 

Ex. Companion Bruce M. Smith has filled the position as secretary 
in a most admirable manner. His knowledge of Capitular Masonry and 
interest in activities of all Chapter work has been a fine example to all 
Companions. 

A class of Instruction for the Principals of the Chapters in the Dis- 
trict was held at Chatham on June 13 attended by the Principals of all 
Chapters. A considerable length of time was given to passing on instruc- 
tions to the Principals at this meeting. The opportunity of informal dis- 
cussion of Chapter problems saved much time at the Annual Inspections. 
The visits of Inspection was arranged and completed as follows: 
June 2— Ark No. 80, Windsor, Ont. 
June 16 — Ridgetown No. 73, Ridgetown, Ont. 
June 20 — Lome No. 164, West Lome, Ont. 
Sept. 11— Prince of Wales No. 71, Essex, Ont. 
Oct. 6— Sombra No. 153, Wallaceburg, Ont. 
Oct. 8— Thos. Peters No. 250, Windsor, Ont. 
Oct. 9— Wellington No. 47, Chatham, Ont. 
Oct. 21— McNabb No. 88, Dresden, Ont. 
Oct. 22 — King Cyrus No. 118, Leamington, Ont. 
Nov. 5— Blenheim No. 239, Blenheim, Ont. 
The reception as representative of the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal on these visits was most cordial and impressive. In each case a 
degree was conferred in a manner that would solicit credit from the most 
ardent Companion. 

Several combined Divine services were held through the District and 
the attendance extremely good. 

A Past Grand Superintendent's night at West Lome was scheduled 
for October 3, but due to the passing of Ex. Comp. Lemon, Scribe E., to 
the Grand Chapter above that same afternoon this was postponed until 
November 21 when a M.M.M. degree was conferred. 

On November 8 a special Convocation of the Grand Chapter was 
called for the purpose of Dedication of the Chapter rooms at Sombra 
Chapter No. 153, Wallaceburg, Ont. This proved to be a most pleasant 
and satisfactory occasion. The necessity and advantage of attention to 
the details of the work was proven in the afternoon when the presiding 
Principals of the district combined their efforts and conferred the H.R.A. 
degree. Without the benefit of a practice the work was carried on with 
the confidence and freedom of each in his own Chapter. 

In the evening a dinner was held in the basement of the new Temple, 
M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle as guest speaker. It is impossible in a report 
of this nature to even summarize the benefits we received from this in- 
spiring talk to help us be better Masons, Companions and men. 

St. Clair District takes a great deal of pride in arranging as many 
occasions as possible to include the ladies for a social evening. King 
Cyrus Chapter of Leamington sponsored one of the many such events on 
November 19 with Rt. Ex. Comp. H. B. Porter as guest speaker. 

On November 23 the District was invited by Monroe Chapter No. 1 
of Detroit, Michigan, to join with them in a Divine Service at the 
Mariners' Church in Detroit. The Mariners' Church is now situated on the 



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site of the beginning of Capitular Masonry in Michigan well over 100 
years ago. All Chapters in the District were represented at this service 
and I had the honor and privilege of presenting the church with a Cana- 
dian flag donated by the St. Clair District Chapters on behalf of the 
Grand Chapter and Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

The position of Grand Superintendent presents many honors and 
privileges, but to me one of the greatest is the presenting of long service 
jewels. 

For many years it has been the recognized practice for several 
Chapters in the district to combine their Installation ceremony. Although 
there was a mild opposition to departing from this, Ex. Companion J. 
Montgomery of Wellington Chapter offered to form a basic Installing 
team, supplemented by Past Principals of each of the Chapters in which 
the officers were being installed and invested. This proved to be a very 
satisfactory arrangement. 

St. Clair District Chapters are to be congratulated on inter-Chapter 
visitations. Almost every convocation shows visitors from one or more of 
the other Chapters. Exchange of ideas and problems between Chapters 
and Officers are readily shared. The fraternal spirit between Companions 
of this District leaves nothing to be desired. 

In conclusion, I would like to express my appreciation for the loyalty 
and support of all, the co-operation of Grand Chapter and its officers, 
and the constituent Chapter officers and members for giving me the 
opportunity to learn and understand more of the mysteries of Capitular 
Masonry. 

To my successor I pledge my support and wish him every success. 

LONDON DISTRICT No. 2 
Rt. Ex. Companion J. W. Gough 

As my term of office as Grand Superintendent draws to a close I 
take much pleasure in submitting my report on the condition of Royal 
Arch Masonry in London District No. 2. 

I wish to express to the Chapters of the District my appreciation for 
the confidence placed in me, and the honor bestowed, in electing me to 
the office of Grand Superintendent. My sincere thanks to M. Ex. Comp. 
M. A. Searle for confirming my election. 

It was my good fortune and privilege to have Ex. Comp. Stuart 
Taylor accept the office of District Secretary. He served faithfully and 
conscientiously. I am most grateful and offer him my sincere thanks. 

On May 4, 1958, I had the pleasure of attending a joint church service 
at St. George's Church sponsored by St. Andrew's Chapter No. 238. It 
was very well attended. 

On May 16, 1958, I attended Ruling Principals' Night in Wawanosh 
Chapter No. 15, Sarnia, when the Principals of the district conferred the 
Royal Arch Degree in a very impressive manner before a large group of 
Companions of the District. 

May 24, 1958, I attended Beaver Chapter No. 74, who were hosts to 
Oakland Chapter No. 5, Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.A. Oakland Chapter 
exemplified the Royal Arch Degree following a wonderful banquet. It 
was well attended. 

On June 11, 1958, a chapter of instruction was held in the Masonic 
Hall at Strathroy. It was well attended by the Principals of the District. 
I passed the instructions of Grand Chapter on to them and also stressed 
the importance of increasing our membership. 

On June 13, 1958, I attended the Dedication Ceremony of Nilestown 
Chapter room which was attended by M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, sup- 
ported by past and present Grand Lodge Officers. M. Ex. Comp. Searle 
gave a very impressive talk on Royal Arch Masonry. 



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My Visits of Inspection to the Chapters and the Degrees conferred 
are as follows: 

St. Johns No. 3— June 25— M.M.M. 

St. Andrew No. 238— June 26— H.R.A. 

St. Pauls No. 242— Sept. 2— M.E.M. 

Palestine No. 54— Sept. 11- M.M.M. 

London No. 150— Sept. 16— M.M.M. 

Nilestown No. 247— Sept. 18— M.E.M. 

St. George's No. 5— Sept. 26— M.M.M. 

Wawanosh No. 15— Oct. 10— M.E.M. 

Vimy No. 214— Oct. 13— H.R.A. 

Minnewawa No. 78— Oct. 20— H.R.A. 

Hiawatha No. 252— Nov. 3— H.R.A. 

Beaver No. 74— Nov. 10— M.M.M. 

Aylmer No. 81— Nov. 6— M.E.M. 

Bruce No. 53 — Nov. 19 — No Degrees. 
On September 8, 1958, in company with a number of Ex. Comps. and 
Comps., I paid a fraternal visit to St. James Chapter No. 46, St. Marys, 
on the occasion of the official visit of Rt. Ex. Comp. the Rev. Alex K. 
Campbell to his home Chapter. 

On October 23, 1958, I attended Nilestown Chapter No. 247. At this 
time Most Ex. Companion M. A. Searle, assisted by Past and Present 
Grand Chapter Officers, conferred the Holy Royal Arch Degree in a 
most impressive manner. After the degree, M. Ex. Comp. Searle presented 
a number of 50 year jewels and 25 year Past Principal's jewels. At the 
request of M. Ex. Comp. Searle I went to the home of Rt. Ex. Comp. W. 
E. Summers and presented him with a 25 year Past Principal Jewel, 
assisted by Ex. Comp. T. Porter, the First Principal of Nilestown Chap- 
ter, and Very Ex. Comp. W. Smale. 

On November 8, 1958, I attended the dedication of Sombra Chapter- 
No. 153, St. Clair District No. 1, which was under the direction of M. Ex. 
Comp. M. A. Searle, who was accompanied by the Officers of Grand 
Chapter. 

On November 14, 1958, it was my pleasure to visit the Rt. Ex. Comp. 
E. Weber, Grand Superintendent of Wilson District No. 3 on his official 
visit to Harris Chapter No. 41. 

At the request of M. Ex. Comp. Searle, on November 26 I presented 
50 year Jewels to V. Ex. Comp. S. R. Sampson and Comp. J. Mcllvenna, 
assisted by Ex. Comp. E. S. Gale, First Principal of their Chapter, St. 
John's No. 3. 

On November 28 I attended St. George's Chapter No. 5 on which oc- 
casion M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle and Rt. Ex. Comp. F. J. Johnson made 
a special trip from Toronto to present six 50 year Jewels and two 25 
year Past Principal Jewels. 

On January 8, 1959, I attended the joint installation of the four 
London Chapters, Nilestown Chapter No. 247 and St. Paul's Chapter No. 
242. It was under the direction of V. Ex. Comp. H. T. Downs, assisted by 
the Past Principals of the various chapters. The ceremony was very im- 
pressive and was very well attended by the Companions of the District. 

On January 9, 1959, I attended the joint installation ceremonies of 
Wawanosh Chapter No. 15 and Hiawatha Chapter No. 252 in Sarnia. Rt. 
Ex. Comp. Christen was the installing Z., assisted by the Past Principals 
of the two Chapters. A large number of Companions were present, in- 
cluding a group from Huron Chapter No. 27, Port Huron, Michigan. 

The District Divine Service will be held on April 19, 1959, at St. 
Timothy's Anglican Church. London, at 7.30 p.m. Rev. Bro. C. G. Markham 
will conduct the service. 

Finally, I extend my sincere thanks to one and all for the assistance 
given to me and for the cordial reception tendered me on all occasions. 



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To my successor I pledge my full support and ask for him the same 
generous support and co-operation that I have received during my term 
of office. 

WILSON DISTRICT No. 3 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Ernest A. Webber 

As my term of office is fast drawing to a close it is with a great deal 
of pleasure that I submit my report on the condition of Capitular Masonry 
in Wilson District No. 3. 

I would just like to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to the 
Principals, Past and Present, of Wilson District No. 3 for the honor con- 
ferred on Harris Chapter No. 41 and myself in electing me to this high 
office, and to the Grand First Principal M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle for 
confirming my election. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Harry R. Nagle as my Secre- 
tary. To him I wish to extend my sincere thanks for his loyal assistance 
throughout the year, accompanying me on all my official visits, inspecting 
the books of the Constituent Chapters. 

My thanks to all the Companions of the District who supported me 
by being present at my Official Visits and helped to make my year a 
pleasant one. 

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Scribes of the 
various Chapters for their wholehearted support during my term of 
office and for the very nice way their books were kept. 

One of the highlights of my year was a Friendship Convocation at 
Mount Horeb Chapter No. 20, Brantford, Ont., on May 15, with Wilson 
District No. 3 and Hamilton District No. 5 meeting together and having a 
Toronto degree team to put on the work. There was a very large atten- 
dance at this joint meeting. Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott and Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Hyatt McClure paid our district a visit at this meeting. We had Com- 
panions from every Chapter in the District and a very good number from 
Hamilton and Toronto Districts. It proved to be a very enlightening 
evening for everyone. 

I attended Tillsonburg Chapter May 20, 1958, a fraternal visit. Also 
made St. John's Chapter, London, a fraternal visit on May 28 with four 
Harris Chapter Companions accompanying me. On June 12 I attended 
Ezra Chapter of Simcoe, Ont., and had the honor of presenting Very Ex. 
Comp. 0. P. Richardson with his Grand Organist Regalia. 

I attended the dedication of the new Nilestown Chapter room with 
several Companions from Harris Chapter on June 13, 1958. 

My first Official Visit was at Tillsonburg Chapter on June 17, 1958. I 
made a fraternal visit to Oxford Chapter on June 20 and one to St. An- 
drew's Chapter in London on June 26. 

On July 19, 1958, Rt. Ex. Comp. W. L. Young of Tillsonburg, Ont., 
passed to the Grand Chapter above. I attended his funeral with Com- 
panions from Harris Chapter on July 21, 1958. 

On September 8, 1958, I paid a visit to St. James Chapter of St. 
Marys, Ont. It was their inspection by Rt. Ex. Comp. Alex Campbell. 

My Official Visits as the Grand Superintendent were as follows: 
June 17 — Tillsonburg No. 255, Tillsonburg. 
September 15 — Brant No. 115, Paris. 
September 25 — Oxford No. 18, Woodstock. 
October 8- Regal No. 253, Port Dover. 
October 16— Mount Horeb No. 20, Brantford. 
November 13— Ezra No. 23, Simcoe. 
November 14 — Harris No. 41, Ingersoll. 

A District Church Service was held on Sunday, October 12, 1958, at 
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Ingersoll. The Rev. D. T. Evans, minister 
of the church, was the speaker. 

On October 24 our District had the special honor of again welcoming 



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our Grand First Principal M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, and Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Fred J. Johnson, Grand S.E., at a meeting of Oxford Chapter, Woodstock, 
and Most Ex. Comp. Searle grave a very inspiring: talk. 

On November 8, 1958, 1 had the honor of attending- with Grand 
Chapter Officers Sombra Chapter No. 153, Wallaceburg, dedication of 
their new room. 

My Official Visit to my own Chapter, Harris Chapter No. 41, was 
another highlight in my year, there being thirteen Grand Chapter Of- 
ficers present. There were seven Past Rt. Ex.'s, two Ruling Rt. Ex.'s and 
five Very Ex.'s present. This was my final inspection, and I felt honored 
to have this number of Grand Officers at my home Inspection. At this 
Convocation William Anscombe, one of our P.Z.'s, was presented with his 
26 year P.Z.'s Jewel by Rt. Ex. Comp. L. L. Mansfield. 

I assisted in three Installations in January, 1959. 

In summing up I feel the year has been successful for Wilson Dis- 
trict No. 3. 

During the year a new Masonic Temple has been started in Inger- 
soll and we hope by the end of 1959 the Ingersoll Lodges and Harris 
Chapter will have a new home. 

To my successor may he be accorded the same courtesies that I have 
received and I would like to extend to him my good wishes for a pleasant 
and successful year of office and offer my assistance in any way possible. 

WELLINGTON DISTRICT No. 4 
R. Ex. Comp. Lewis B. Tracey 

I have been trying to lay a firm foundation re membership committees 
in every Chapter in the District. I am pleased to announce that every 
Chapter has a working membership committee. From January 1 to March 
1 Wellington District has 25 new Chapter members. I believe this is a 
record for Wellington District. 

On my Official Visits I was very well received by all Chapters. I 
only hope the incoming Grand Superintendent will receive the co-opera- 
tion I received from all Chapters in this District. 

I have certainly enjoyed by term of office and wish the incoming 
Grand Superintendent every success for the coming year. 

HAMILTON DISTRICT No. 5 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott 
In submitting my report as the Grand Superintendent of Hamilton 
District No. 5 I do so with a feeling of humility and pride. The honor and 
privilege of representing the Grand First Principal in a district com- 
prised of so many enthusiastic Royal Arch Masons was beyond my 
fondest hopes, and I sincerely trust that my efforts have met with the 
approval of all concerned. 

Ex. Comp. Wilfred C. Steele performed the duties of District Secre- 
tary in a most conscientious and capable manner for which I am truly 
grateful. 

At a meeting of the Ruling Principals in May, 1958, the following 
official visits were arranged: 

Sept. 16 — Hamilton Chapter No. 175. 
Oct. 6— Keystone Chapter No. 224. 
Oct. 14— White Oak Chapter No. 104. 
Oct. 16— St. Clair Chapter No. 75. 
Oct. 21 — Ancaster Chapter No. 155. 
Oct. 23— Caledonia Chapter No. 236. 
Nov. 12— McKay Chapter No. 243. 
Nov. 13— St. John's Chapter No. 6. 
Nov. 28— The Hiram Chapter No. 2. 
In each case I was accompanied by one of the other Chapters along 
with many visitors, and on every visit I was received in a manner which 



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showed the high regard and esteem in which the Grand First Principal is 
held. 

The degree work performed throughout the district was of an ex- 
ceptionally high quality. 

On Sunday evening, November 16, 1958, all the Chapters joined with 
me in a District Divine Service in St. Paul's United Church in Hamilton 
when Rev. Fred M. Ellis, the minister of this my own church, preached 
the sermon. A splendid attendance of the Royal Arch Masons of the dis- 
trict made it a truly inspiring evening. 

During my term of office I had the happy privilege of attending and 
assisting the Grand Chapter in the dedication of three Chapter rooms, 
two of which were in my own District. These were as follows: 
June 19— St. Clair Chapter No. 75, Milton. 
June 23 — Centennial Chapter No. 260, Streetsville. 
Oct. 8— McKay Chapter No. 243, Stoney Creek. 

Other meetings of note included a Mark Degree at Ancaster Chap- 
ter in May which was conferred by a team composed entirely of members 
of a Calder family, a feat rather unique in Masonry; a visit to the Lodge 
of Strict Observance in Hamilton in September when M. Ex. Comp. Fred 
Dean and Rt. Ex. Comp. Albert Jarvis were honored for their appoint- 
ments in the Grand Lodge; a Chapter of instruction on the Holy Royal 
Arch Degree in Hugh Murray Chapter, Fort Erie, which was conducted 
by Rt. Ex. Comp. Reg. Lewis, the Grand Lecturer; and Grand Chapter 
Night in Occident Chapter No. 77 on October 10. 

I also attended and assisted in most of the installations in the Dis- 
trict and was honored in being asked to represent Rt. Ex. Comp. Bruce 
Smith on the Grand Council at the installation ceremony in Centennial 
Chapter. 

Another privilege I enjoyed was that of presenting five fifty year 
medals to members of The Hiram Chapter No. 2. 

During the year this District and Royal Arch Masonry in general 
suffered a grevious loss in the deaths of Most Ex. Comp. John Alexander 
Macdonald Taylor and Rt. Ex. Comp. William J. Shaw. The memory of 
their character and their contributions to Masonry will remain with us 
for many years to come. 

All in all it was a memorable and most enjoyable year and I can 
assure the Grand Chapter that the future of Royal Arch Masonry in 
Hamilton looks very bright and promising indeed. 

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to all the 
members of Grand Chapter and to the members of Hamilton District No. 
5 for their generosity and many kindnesses during my term of office 
and to wish my successor, whoever he may be, all the joy and happiness 
that accompanies a year of unselfish effort. 

HURON DISTRICT No. 6 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Rev. Alexander K. Campbell 

As my tensure of office as Grand Superintendent draws to a close it 
is with great pleasure that I submit my report on the conditions and ac- 
tivities of Royal Arch Masonry in Huron District No. 6. 

I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and apprecia- 
tion to the Principals and Past Principals of Huron District for the 
honor they have conferred upon St. James Chapter No. 46, St. Marys, 
and for the confidence placed in me in unanimously electing me to the 
high office of Grand Superintendent; and also to the Grand First Prin- 
cipal, M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, for his confirmation of my elec- 
tion at the one hundredth Convocation of Grand Chapter, I am deeply 
and sincerely grateful. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. David C. White as 
my Secretary, and to him I am deeply indebted for the splendid manner 



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in which he fulfilled his duties appertaining to that office, thereby making 
my visits more pleasant. 

On all my visits I was received with dignity and respect as the repre- 
sentative of the M. Ex. the Grand First Principal. I was favorably im- 
pressed with the type of candidates who sought exaltation in the Chap- 
ters. The growing proportion of younger members as officers is one of 
the most encouraging to be found and promises well for continued high 
standards in the work in coming years. Only one Chapter failed to 
exemplify work on my visits. 

Throughout the District I was impressed with the following favor- 
able aspects: an attitude of co-operation and loyalty to Grand Chapter; a 
definite preparation and endeavour on the part of the officers to confer 
the degrees accurately and impressively; continued guidance and as- 
sistance being given to the constituent Chapters by Past Principals and 
Past Grand Superintendents; a large number of new members qualified 
by age and ability to give valuable assistance and enterprising leadership 
when the opportunity or need arises. 

I have urged the Chapters to provide supplemental Masonic instruc- 
tion with regards to historical background, symbolism and moral lessons 
in each degree. During my visits I have stressed the need for an active 
membership committee. At all Convocations I endeavored to assist with 
such advice and instruction as was deemed necessary. I have suggested 
exchange visits between Chapters that the Companions may become better 
acquainted. It is our hope to have a Principals' Association organized in 
the near future. 

My official visits were as follows with the degree conferred: 
May 21 — Havelock Chapter No. 63, Kincardine — R.A. 
May 23— Tecumseh Chapter No. 24, Stratford— R.A. 
June 3— Elliot Chapter No. 129, Mitchell— R.A. 
June 10— Lucknow Chapter No. 147, Lucknow— M.M.M. 
June 16— The Malloch Chapter No. 66, Seaforth— R.A. 
June 17— Huron Chapter No. 30, Goderich— R.A. 
Sept. 8— St. James Chapter No. 46, St. Marys— M.M.M. 
Sept. 16 — Lebanon Chapter No. 84, Wingham — R.A. 
Oct. 7 — Chantry Chapter No. 130, Southampton— No Degree. 
Nov. 4— Bernard Chapter No. 146, Listowel— M.M.M. 
I shall retain cherished memories of the following visits made during 
my term on special invitations: 

May 28 — St. John's Chapter No. 3, London, when Rt. Ex. Comp. John 
Gough was accorded a welcome to his Chapter following his election as 
Grand Superintendent of London District No. 2. 

May 30 — St. George's Chapter No. 5, London, when Lebanon Chap- 
ter No. 84, Wingham, conferred the R.A. Degree. 

October 16— Mount Horeb No. 20, Brantford, when Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Ernest Webber made his official visit. 

November 8 — Sombra Chapter No. 153, Wallaceburg, when a Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter was held for the purpose of dedicating their 
Chapter room. 

It was a great pleasure for me to present on behalf of the Grand 
First Principal three fifty year Companion jewels. On September 29 a 
number journeyed to London to the home of Comp. W. J. Atkinson, a 
member of St. James Chapter No. 46, St. Marys, to present him with his 
jewel. On December 5 in Tecumseh Chapter No. 24, Stratford, it was my 
happy task to present jewels to Ex. Comp. H. W. Baker and Comp. H. G. 
Rankin. 

On September 5 a very successful Chapter of Instruction was held in 
St. Marys with nine Chapters in the District represented. Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Reginald Lewis, Grand Lecturer, was the guest instructor and his knowl- 
edge of the work was enlightening to all present. 



52 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

On September 28 our District Divine Service was held in First Pres- 
byterian Church, St. Marys, with the Grand Superintendent occupying 
his own pulpit and giving the address. 

The highlight of the year was the visit of M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. 
Searle to St. Marys on Novembar 12 where a District reception was held. 
His message was an inspiration to the Royal Arch Masons of Huron Dis- 
trict. The influence of his visit will be felt for many years. He was ac- 
companied by the Grand Scribe E., Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, and 
the Grand Lecturer, Rt. Ex. Comp. Reginald Lewis. 

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve Huron District, and I 
shall always cherish the happy memories of my year of service. The year 
has carried with it honor, work and has led to a study of Royal Arch 
Masonry as I prepared my lectures to the various Chapters, which has 
been most illuminating. The warmth of fraternal feeling has been most 
stimulating. It has brought new meaning to fraternal associations which 
have been in existence for years and added many new friends. Permit me 
to close with the words of that old familiar hymn. 

Rise up, men of GOD! 

His kingdom tarries long; 

Bring in the day of BROTHERHOOD, 

And end the night of wrong. 

NIAGARA DISTRICT No. 7 
R. Ex. Comp. John A. Bell 

I have the honor and pleasure of presenting my report on Royal Arch 
Masonry in Niagara District No. 7. 

First I wish to thank the Principals and Companions of this District 
for the honor they conferred on Hugh Murray Chapter and on myself in 
electing me to this high office, and to M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle 
for confirming my election. 

Ex. Comp. Charles S. Boyd has acted as my District Secretary, and I 
am deeply indebted to him for his kind and ready assistance at all times. 

One of the several highlights of the year was a Chapter of Instruc- 
tion held at Hugh Murray Chapter on June 10 at which Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Reginald A. Lewis was present. The Royal Arch Degree was conferred by 
the Officers of Hugh Murray Chapter under the able direction of Ex 
Comp. R. E. Gardiner, Z., of the Chapter. There was a very large at* 
tendance representing the various Chapters of the District. At the con- 
clusion of the degree Rt. Ex. Comp. Lewis addressed the gathering, giving 
a resume of the degree, emphasizing the uniformity of presentation as 
desired by the Grand Executive. Much interest was invoked and many 
favorable comments were expressed on the appropriateness of his re- 
marks. 

On September 21 a District Church Service was held in Knox Presby- 
terian Church, Fort Erie. Very Ex. Comp. E. C. McCullagh preached the 
sermon, his text being, "The Stone which the builders rejected." There 
was again a very good attendance, and the sermon made a deep impres- 
sion on all. Contributing most effectively to the service was a Masonic 
choir, which was assisted by Mrs. R. Fickle as soloist. She is the daughter 
of Ex. Comp. Boyd, my District Secretary. 

Another highlight on October 29 was the fall meeting of the Prin- 
cipals' Association at Port Colborne, on which occasion we were honored 
by the presence of M. Ex. Comp, Maurice A. Searle, Grand Z., Rt. Ex. 
Comp. C. W. Emmett, Grand J., Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, Grand 
Scribe E., and Rt. Ex. Comp. Reginald A. Lewis, Grand Lecturer. The 
address given by the Grand Z. will long be remembered by the large 
number of Companions in attendance. Brief but welcome talks by the 
other Grand Chapter Officers were given. 



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I visited each Chapter at leasl twice during the year, and the follow- 
ing were my official visits: 

Oct. 1— Wilson Chapter Xo. 64, Welland. 

Oct. 3 — Niagara Chapter No. 55, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

Oct. LO Mount Moriah Chapter No. 19, St. Catharines. 

Oct. 17— Mount Nebo Chapter No. 76, Niagara Falls. 

Oct. 20 — McCallum Chapter No. 29, Dunnville. 

Oct. 27 — Smithville Chapter No. 240, Smithville. 

Nov. 3 — Grimsby Chapter No. 69, Grimsby. 

Nov. 6 — Kinu' Hiram Chapter No. 57, Port Colborne. 

Nov. 11— Hugh Murray Chapter No. 184, Fort Erie. 
I was received with dignity and respect everywhere I went. Degrees 
were conferred by all Chapters except one, the work on the whole being 
very creditably performed. There seemed to be a warm spirit of harmony 
and good fellowship in every Chapter. 

On December 15 Ex. Comp. C. S. Boyd, Ex. Comp. C. Hanna and I 
journeyed to Dunnville where I had the honor of representing* the Grand 
First Principal in presenting Rt. Ex. Comp. J. E. Yocom with his 50-year 
Jewel, and Very Ex. Comp. F. H. Howe with his 25-year Past Principal's 
jewel. 

To the many Rt. Ex. and Very Ex. Companions, to the Past and 
present Principals, and all the Companions of the District who have made 
my term so pleasant and rewarding I tender my sincere thanks and trust 
they will give the same kindly advice and staunch support to my suc- 
cessor. 

TORONTO DISTRICT No. 8 
Frederick F. Mills, Grand Superintendent 

The completion of my term of office is rapidly approaching; it has 
been a great honor to represent the M. Ex. the Grand First Principal, to 
whom I extended my sincere thanks for confirming by election and to 
the Companions of District No. 8 for the honor they conferred upon me 
and through me to the Beaches Chapter No. 163., which is celebrating its 
fiftieth year. 

I appointed Ex. Comp. Ernie Bath of my own Chapter as Secretary. 
He has been of great assistance to me in every possible manner and ac- 
companied me on all visits of Inspection and to nearly all other functions. 

On my official visits of Inspection all Chapters were visited. I was 
properly received and cordially welcomed as the representative of the 
Grand First Principal. 

In June I attended the consecration and dedication of Centennial 
Chapter at Streetsville and the dedication of the Chapter at Milton. Three 
Grand Chapter nights were attended, The St. Patricks, St. Pauls and 
Occident. With the exception of three Chapters all installation ceremonies 
were attended. At Aurora Chapter I had the pleasure of investing V. Ex. 
Comp. W. F. Boaks with his regalia as Grand Steward. 

The Royal Arch Welfare continues to carry out their excellent work 
and are to be congratulated for the time and effort given by so many 
Companions to this essential part of Capitular Masonry. 

All meetings of the Principals' Association were attended and at the 
November meeting it was my privilege to speak on the conditions of 
Royal Arch Masonry in the District. 

On the evening of February 26 a reception was tendered to the M. Ex. 
the Grand First Principal by the two Toronto Districts, Ulster Chapter 
No. 219 host Chapter. This was a memorable evening, the Grand Council, 
Past Grand Z.'s and many Grand Chapter Officers being present. 

The ruling Principals of all the Chapters are keenly interested in 
membership and are striving to perfect their work in order to create 
that impression that should be made on all candidates, thereby inducing 
them to become actively interested in Royal Arch Masonry. 



54 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The Ruling Principals' Group are very active, visiting with other 
Chapters, taking part in the ceremonies and have developed a warm 
Masonic friendship throughout the District and have under consideration 
visitations to Chapters in other Districts which should help to create en- 
thusiasm in and for Royal Arch Masonry. 

The work of the S. E.'s is worthy of mention; their duties are many 
and of considerable importance to the Chapters. All the books were well 
kept, and all information requested was readily available. 

To Rt. Ex. Comps. Fred Johnson and Reg. Lewis my thanks for their 
advice and assistance when it was required. To Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred 
Schytte, Past Grand Superintendent, his Secretary, V. Ex. Comp. James 
Turnbull, my thanks for advice and guidance. To Rt. Ex. Comp. Hyatt 
McClure, Grand Superintendent of District No. 8A, for the pleasant as- 
sociation with him during the past year, and to all the Principals and 
Companions of District No. 8 my heartfelt thanks for the warmth of the 
friendliness shown to myself and my Secretary. 

TORONTO DISTRICT No. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. J. Hyatt McClure 

As my term of office as Grand Superintendent draws to a close I 

would first like to thank Toronto District No. 8A for electing me to this 

high office on April 28, 1958, and secondly to M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. 

Searle for confirming the same. 

It has truly been a great honor and trust you conferred in me and I 
hope that in some small way I have been worthy of that confidence you 
bestowed in me. 

Throughout the year it has been an inspiration to go about the 
Chapters and be so graciously received as the representative of the Grand 
First Principal. I have felt a strength of fraternal fellowship in the R.A. 
Chapters that made my heart warm with a wish to return again. The 
personal friendships that I have made will not be forgotten. My en- 
thusiasm for R.A. Masonry runs very high and I wonder why a man is 
satisfied with only being a man and not seeking further light. 

May I make special mention of those Grand Chapter Officers with 
whom I have associated with. They gave their assistance and counsel to 
my many problems arising from time to time during the year. 

It was my pleasure to appoint Ex. Comp. William T. Sanderson as 
my Secretary. He accompanied me on all my official visits and many other- 
occasions and was a very great assistance to me in inspecting the Chap- 
ter books. 

My first duty on June 9 was to call a District meeting in the College 
Street Temple and make full arrangements for the official visits and the 
Schools of Instruction. My Secretary and I were properly and cordially 
received on these dates: 

Oct. 1— Oakwood No. 233— M.M.M. 
Oct. 7— Mount Sinai No. 212— M.E.M. 
Oct. 9— St. Clair No. 231— M.M.M. 
Oct. 14— Shekinah No. 138— M.E.M. 
Oct. 15— Lebanon No. 220— M.M.M. 
Oct. 17— Humber No. 246— M.E.M. 
Oct. 20— Toronto Antiquity No. 91— R.A. M. 
Oct. 27— Centennial No. 260— M.E.M. 
Oct. 28— Port Credit No. 230— M.E.M. 
Nov. 4— Peel Chapter No. 195— R.A.M. 
Nov. 5— Mimico No. 215— R.A.M. 
Nov. 14— Occident No. 77— M.M.M. 
Nov. 19— King Cyrus No. 232— M.E.M. 
Nov. 27— Ulster No. 219— R.A.M. 
Schools of Instruction were arranged. On February 4 Mimico Chap- 
ter 215 conferred a most excellent degree in a very impressive and 



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pleasing manner which was very instinctive to witness. There was a good 
attendance and also a grood representation from other Chapters in the 
District. 

On February 23, 1959, Centennial Chapter No. 260 held the second 
school. The Principals' Council asked the privilege to confer the Mark 
Degree. It proved to be a degree of perfection in every detail according 
to the ritual and manual of Instruction. The officers were well prepared 
and rehearsed and were a credit to Capitulary Masonry. 

Peel Chapter No. 195 will confer the R.A.M. degree on March 81, 
1959. 

During mv term of office it was my privilege to represent Toronto 
District 8A in Wilson District No. 3, Hamilton District No. 5 and Welling- 
ton District No. 4, which proved to be happy occasions. 

On November 9 the District 8A Divine Church Service was held in 
Brampton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bro. Lochard Royal of Norval 
the guest speaker and Rev. Bro. William Weir assisting. There was a 
good attendance of the District Companions. 

On February 26 Ulster Chapter No. 219 turned their Chapter room 
over to the Toronto Districts 8 and 8A who jointly held a reception and 
dinner to the Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle. He was ac- 
companied by M. Ex. Comp John M. Burden, Past Grand Z., Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Bruce' Smith, Grand H., Rt. Ex. Comp. Charles Emmett, Grand J., 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, Grand Scribe E., Rt. Ex. Comp. Reginald 
Lew r is, Grand Lecturer. 

It is my sincere desire to see R.A. Masonry progress in membership 
and enthusiasm. I have tried to stress this throughout the District. One 
of the ways I believe to create greater enthusiasm is to interest the new 
member in giving certain portions of the work. This interest will pro- 
vide officers in the future to bring in new candidates. 

May my successor hr.ve the same kind hand of fellowship and sup- 
port as I have received from 8A during the past year. 

It is with regret that at the closing of my year my Secretary, Ex. 
Comp. William Thomas Sanderson, passed to the Great Beyond on March 
19, 1959. He served his country well in peace and war as a craftsman and 
a faithful Companion. 

GEORGIAN DISTRICT No. 9 
Rt. Ex. Comp. G. 0. Smith 

This report on the condition and activities of Royal Arch Masonry in 
Georgian District No. 9 is submitted in grateful recognition of the honor 
conferred upon me and Signet Chapter No. 34 in my election as Grand 
Superintendent. To the Past and Present Principals I would like to ex- 
press my appreciation for the confidence placed in me. I would also like 
to convey my thanks to M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle for confirming 
my election. 

Ex. Comp. F. Churchill graciously assumed the duties of District 
Secretary and Ex. Comp. B. Lamont accepted the duties of District 
Chaplain. To these, my official escort, I am deeply in debt for their co- 
operation, companionship and support through all the activities in 
Georgian District. To the many Companions who visited throughout the 
District in the various Chapters I would also like to express my apprecia- 
tion. 

A reception by Signet Chapter at the first regular meeting after 
Grand Chapter Assembly will long be remembered. Past Grand Chapters 
Officers and members from District Chapters were present when the 
Grand Principal Sojourner and I received many expressions of congratula- 
tions and support. 

A lodge of instruction was held in Manitou Chapter, Collingwood, on 
June 25. All Chapters in the district were represented by officers and 
Past Grand Chapter Officers. Current suggestions of the Grand Chapter 



56 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

were presented and well received. Specific parts of the ritualistic work 
were exemplified and then discussed. Questions pertaining to the symbolic 
parts of each degree were also presented and explained. An agenda for 
the official visits of the Grand Superintendent was also agreed upon 
which was later distributed to the membership. The District also ex- 
pressed a desire to have M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle attend a District re- 
ception to be held in Barrie. 

On October 25 a District reception to honor our Grand First Principal, 
M. Ex. Comp. Maurice Searle, was held in the Masonic Temple Building, 
Barrie. Approximately 75 Companions and brethren, representatives of 
the District, were present at the banquet and reception where they had 
the pleasure of hearing a most inspiring address by our Grand First 
Principal. This district was also honored by having the Grand Third 
Principal, Rt. Ex. Comp. Chas. Emmett; Grand Scribe E., Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Fred J. Johnson; Grand Principal Sojourner, Rt. Ex. Comp. R. A. Stewart; 
and the Grand Lecturer, Rt. Ex. Comp. Reg. Lewis, present. These eminent 
leaders of our order added greatly to the inspiration and success of this 
District reception. 

The following schedule of official visits was arranged and completed: 
Oct. 10— Couchiching Chapter No. 198, Orillia. 
Oct. 14 — Signet Chapter No. 34, Barrie. 
Nov. 18 — Georgian Chapter No. 56, Owen Sound. 
Jan. 15 — Amabel Chapter No. 131, Wiarton. 
Feb. 9 — Kichikewana Chapter No. 167, Midland. 
Feb. 11 — Manitou Chapter No. 27, Collingwood. 

On each occasion of my visits of inspection as the representative of 
the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal a most cordial and warm 
reception was extended. Degree work was presented on each occasion and 
this was conferred in a creditable and impressive manner. As each Chap- 
ter in this District is fortunate to have active and interested Past Dis- 
trict Superintendents it is natural to see this interest conveyed to their 
particular group. Each Chapter in its own particular way has been striv- 
ing to promote the interests and welfare of our order. 

A meeting was held with representatives from Parry Sound area at 
Couchiching Chapter regarding a new Chapter in that area. Suggestions 
and procedure to be established were discussed with a promise of addi- 
tional help and guidance when required. There appears to be considerable 
enthusiasm in this area which should be followed up in the future. 

On December 27 I was privileged to be asked to address the members 
and visitors of Orillia Lodge at their Installation and Investiture of of- 
ficers. Ex. Comp. Sansom, a Past Principal of Couchiching Chapter, was 
elevated to the chair of King Solomon. 

On January 14 it was a real pleasure to be present at St. Paul's 
Royal Arch Chapter in Toronto for the Installation and Investiture of 
officers and Grand Chapter night. With the Grand Council and other 
Grand Chapter officers taking part this solemn ceremony proved to be 
one of the visiting highlights of the year. 

In conclusion I would like to express my thanks for the spirit of 
support and co-operation extended to me. This support has been un- 
selfishly given by Grand Chapter officers and members of the con- 
stituent Chapters in this District. Their assistance has made this year a 
memorable one. 

To my successor I offer my co-operation, loyalty and support in the 
knowledge that his year will again be a most rewarding adventure. 

ONTARIO DISTRICT No. 10 
R. Ex. Comp. E. J. Barrowclough 
It is with a great deal of pleasure that I submit my report on the 
condition of Capitular Masonry in Ontario District No. 10. 

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p©a] appreciation of the honor which the Companions of this District con- 
ferred upon me and Victoria Chapter No. 37, Port Hope, in electing me 
Grand Superintendent and to the M. Ex. the Grand First Principal for his 
confirmation of the same 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. C. Percy McElroy 
as my Secretary. To him 1 wish to extend my sincere thanks for his loyal 
assistance and co-operation throughout the year. 

Following is a list of all the Chapters in the District, with the dates, 
on which I officially inspected them: 

Sept. 10— Warkworth Chapter No. 110, Warkworth. 

Oct. 7 — Pentalpha Chapter No. 28, Oshawa. 

Oct. 10 — Victoria Chapter No. 37, Port Hope. 

Oct. 15 — King Darius Chapter No. 134, Cannington. 

Oct. 20— Palestine Chapter No. 249, Bowmanville. 

Oct. 28— St. John's Chapter No. 48, Cobourg. 

Nov. 10— Keystone Chapter No. 35, Whitby. 

Nov. 17— Ionic Chapter No. 168, Campbellford. 

Nov. 20 — Midland Chapter No. 94, Lindsay. 

Nov. 26 — Corinthian Chapter No. 36, Peterborough. 

Dec. 5 — Excelsior Chapter No. 45, Colborne. 

I am happy to report that on every visit I received the most cordial 
fraternal welcome as the representative of the Grand First Principal. All 
the Chapters conferred a degree in my presence and the work was most 
impressively demonstrated. The Officers as a whole appear to be taking 
a keen interest in their work and the Companions actively supported 
them. 

During my year I have visited all the Chapters twice and some more. 

On June 20 I was invited, along with my Secretary, to attend the 
annual picnic of Corinthian Chapter No. 36, Peterborough, held at 
Youngs Point. It was an evening spent in good fellowship and will long 
bring pleasant memories to my mind. 

On my visit to St. John's Chapter I had the honor on behalf of St. 
John's Chapter to present V. Ex. Comp. Archie Bowman, Grand Steward, 
a Royal Arch Mason for sixty-one years, with his Grand Chapter regalia. 
At the same Chapter at a later date I presented, on behalf of Grand 
Chapter, Ex. Comp. Walter Bates of The Hiram Chapter No. 2, Hamil- 
ton, with a fifty year bar to his Past Principal's Jewel. 

On a visit to Midland Chapter No. 94, Lindsay, I also had the honor 
on behalf of that Chapter to present V. Ex. Comp. George McCombe, 
Grand Master of the Second Veil, with his Grand Chapter regalia. At 
this same Convocation on behalf of Grand Chapter I presented Ex. Comp. 
A. M. Fulton with a fifty year bar to his Past Principal Jewel. 

On November 26 at Corinthian Chapter No. 36 on behalf of Grand 
Chapter I presented Ex. Comp. A. J. Throop with his twenty-five year 
Past Principal's Jewel. 

At Victoria Chapter No. 37 I presented V. Ex. Comp. Harry Mitchell 
with a twenty-five year Past Principal Jewel and fifty years Jewels to 
Comp. Norman Yeo and Ex. Comp. Harry H. Holdaway. 

On March 17 my Secretary and myself were invited to Ionic Chapter 
No. 168, Campbellford, to join with them in celebrating their fifty year 
birthday. The M. Ex. the Grand First Principal and other Grand Chapter 
Officers were in attendance, also Companions from the other Chapters in 
the District. It was one of the big nights in this District. 

It was gratifying to find that the books of the Scribes E. and 
Treasurers were well kept up to date, and also the Book of Marks. 

At all Chapters I stressed the need and importance of new member- 
ship and the need to appoint only Companions who are willing to work 
on the Membership Committee. 

In conclusion I wish to thank all of the Ex. First Principals and 



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Scribes E. for their courtesy, the Officers and Companions of the various 
Chapters for the very fine support. The past year is one that I will not 
soon forget because it has been my lot to make many new friends. 

To my successor I extend good wishes and support. May I bespeak 
for him the same co-operation I have enjoyed. 

PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT No. 11 
R. Ex. Comp. Ivan Caldwell 

I have the honor of presenting my report on the condition of 
Capitular Masonry in Prince Edward District No. 11. 

May I first extend my sincere thanks to the Present and Past Prin- 
cipals of my own Chapter, Keystone No. 72, for nominating me to the 
office of Grand Superintendent, to the Principals, Past and Present, of 
the District who attended Grand Chapter in Toronto last April and 
elected me to this high and important office and to the Grand First Prin- 
cipal. M. Ex. Comp. Maurics A. Searle, for confirming my election. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Walter Warren as my Secre- 
tary. He accompanied me on all my official visits and greatly assisted me 
by examining all the books and records of the different Chapters. 

My next duty was to notify the Chapters in the District officially of 
my election and proceed with the arrangement of a schedule of official 
visits. In this I was greatly assisted by the District Principals' Associa- 
tion who invited me to hold a school of instruction at their regular meeting 
on May 30. All the Chapters were represented at this meeting and I con- 
veyed to them the instructions I received from Grand Chapter. Many 
questions were discussed and explained with regard to the various degrees. 

The following schedule of official visits were arranged and com- 
pleted: 

June 18 — Mount Sinai No. 44, Napanee. 

Sept. 16 — Presqui'lle No. 144, Brighton. 

Sept. 22— Madoc No. 161, Madoc. 

Oct. 20— Prince Edward No. 31, Picton. 

Oct. 21— St. Mark's No. 26, Trenton. 

Nov. 4 — Moira No. 7, Belleville. 

Dec. 8— Quinte Friendship No. 227, Belleville. 

Dec. 29— Keystone No. 72, Stirling. 

District Divine Service, St. John's Anglican Church, Stirling, Sep- 
tember 14. 

I visited every Chapter twice and had the pleasure of visiting some 
of them three or four times. 

At each of my official visits I was properly and most cordially re- 
ceived. At each visit a degree was conferred and all other Chapter work 
carried on in an efficient manner. I find that the Past Principals are 
assisting with the lectures, which is commendable as it helps to keep up 
their interest in their Chapter. 

The Officers in this District are sincere and conscientious in their 
work and eager to adapt suggestions offered by Grand Chapter in the 
manner of obtaining uniformity in degree work. The new manual issued 
by Grand Chapter has proved very helpful. 

One of the highlights of the Masonic year for our District was the 
official visit to Prince Edward Chapter No. 31, Picton, of the Grand 
Council of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, the 
Grand Z. M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, the Grand H. Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Bruce H. Smith, the Grand J. Rt. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, the 
Grand Chaplain Rt. Ex. Rev. Harold W. Pointen. 

At the supper hour a banquet was served at the County Centre. 
Approximately one hundred Masons were present and heard an inspiring 
address by the Grand Z. At the conclusion of the banquet all retired to 
the Masonic Hall where the regular Convocation was held. The highlight 
of this part of the evening's program was the presentation by Rt. Ex. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, L959 59 

Comp. Bruce H. Smith, (hand H., of a suit of Grand Chapter regalia to 
Very Ex. Comp. William T. Havery. who was recently appointed Grand 
Senior Sojourner. 

On May 20 I attended the funeral of the late Rt. Ex. Comp. Thomas 
\V. Solmes, who had been for many years Scribe E. of Keystone Chapter 
No. 72. Stirling. 

One June 21 I attended Quinte Friendship Chapter when St. George's 
Chapter, London, were their guests and conferred the Royal Arch degree. 
At this Convocation the regalia of a Grand Director of Ceremonies was 
presented to Very Ex. Comp. R. D. Adams by Rt. Ex. Comp. Bruce Smith, 
Grand H. 

District Divine Service was held on Sunday, September 14, in St. 
John's Anglican Church, Stirling, Rev. Russell Gale, rector. It was very 
gratifying to see so many Chapters of the District represented. 

I had the pleasure of attending several of the Chapters on the night 
of their annual installation and investiture of officers, one of which was 
at Picton where the Grand First Principal Most Ex. Comp. Maurice A. 
Searle, the Grand Second Principal Rt. Ex. Comp. Bruce Smith and the 
Grand Lecturer Rt. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis assisted. 

I also attended the joint installation of the Moira and the Quinte 
Friendship Chapters of Belleville. Joint installations have become tradi- 
tional with these two Chapters. 

In conclusion I offer to each Chapter my best wishes for their future 
success and express my very deep feeling of gratification to all Chapters 
for the kindness and co-operation which has been extended to me. This 
has been a constant source of inspiration and has done much towards 
enabling me to give to the District the best possible service. 

I extend congratulations to my successor and bespeak for him the 
same co-operation and kindnesses I have enjoyed and assure him of my 
support at any time. 

ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT No. 12 
R. Ex. Comp. Donald H. Robertson 
In submitting this report to Grand Chapter I would like to include 
an expression of my appreciation to the Chapters in St. Lawrence Dis- 
trict No. 12 for having elected me to the office of Grand Superintendent. 
I wish to express my thanks to M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle for confirming 
my appointment as such. 

I am deeply indebted to Ex. Comp. Tom Parker, who assisted me as 
my Secretary and was with me on all official visits. The advice and help I 
had from my predecessor, Rt. Ex. Comp. Bob Armstrong, of Covenant 
Chapter, Cornwall, made my work quite simple. 

A lodge of instruction was held at St. Johns Chapter in Morrisburg 
on June 25, 1958, and the attendance from all Chapters was gratifying. 
A District church service was held in Morrisburg on October 5, 1958, at 
the United Church. We were favored with a lovely fall day and a large 
gathering met at the Morrisburg Temple at 10.00 o'clock for coffee, after 
which we paraded to the church for service at 11.00 o'clock. Rev. Maxwell 
Allen delivered an appropriate and specially prepared sermon which was 
well received. 

On the occasion of my official visits I was received with dignity and 
respect as the representative of the Grand First Principal. Visits were 
made on the following dates: 

Oct. 14— Grenville Chapter No. 22, Prescott. 

Oct. 15 — Covenant Chapter No. 113, Cornwall. 

Oct. 28— Leeds Chapter No. 132, Gananoque. 

Nov. 3 — Sussex St. Lawrence Chapter No. 59, Brockville. 

Nov. 13— Maitland Chapter No. 68, Kempville. 

Nov. 21 — Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter No. 1, 

Kingston. 
Dec. 15 — St. Johns Chapter No. 112, Morrisburg. 



60 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Without exception, the officers fulfilled their duties in a satisfactory 
and capable manner. 

At all my visits I discussed membership and attendance. I talked of 
the necessity of organization in the business of running the Chapter, 
stressing that the Chapter start promptly on time, that the work be ar- 
ranged and divided to take in as many Companions and Ex. Companions 
as possible and that the agenda of the meeting be prepared in advance, 
avoiding as far as possible lengthy and unnecessary discussions, my 
suggestion that a tidy meeting starting on time with a division of work 
snappily executed followed by a planned social hour would increase at- 
tendance and subsequently membership. 

The highlight of my tenure of office was the visit of M. Ex. Comp. 
Maurice Searle and his Grand Chapter Officers on November 17, 1958. 
They visited with us on the occasion of the dedication of the new Temple 
for St. Johns Chapter No. 112, Morrisburg. 

The program commenced with a banquet where we were favored with 
a most interesting and inspiring address by M. Ex. Companion Searle. At 
8.15 p.m. the Grand Chapter Officers met in the new Temple and the 
huge gathering was privileged to experience an impressive dedication 
ceremony performed by Grand Chapter Officers. 

I was especially pleased that I had the honor of being the Grand 
Superintendent of this District in the year our new Temple was dedicated. 

A summary of my thoughts in conclusion would be that Capitular 
Masonry in St. Lawrence District is active but suffering in a highly com- 
petitive race with other social and civil organizations for men's time. To 
hold our own we've got to be alert and think about our Chapter as we 
would a business and plan and organize our work to be of interest to all. 

OTTAWA DISTRICT No. 13 
R. Ex. Comp. J. Russell Howie 
It is an honor as well as a pleasure to present my report as Grand 
Superintendent of the Ottawa District No. 13 for the year 1958. 

First may I say to the Companions of the District who so kindly 
elected me to this important office how much I appreciate and thank 
them for their confidence and good will, and also the M. Ex. the Grand 
First Principal, M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, for confirming my 
election. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Arthur G. Humphries as my 
Secretary. He accompanied me on my visits and performed his duties 
efficiently and conscientiously and hence has duly merited any honor that 
may be conferred on him. 

On May 28 a meeting of Past and Present Principals representative 
of all Chapters of the District was held in Ottawa. Ways and means of 
increasing membership, improving attendance and stimulating interest 
were discussed. Plans were completed for the holding of a Chapter of 
Instruction and a committee was named to organize a Principals' As- 
sociation. 

I appreciate the co-operation of present and past Grand Chapter 
Officers as well as that of the officers and Companions of the Chapters 
that it was my privilege to visit. Together we have worked zealously and 
earnestly to promote Royal Arch Masonry throughout the District. 
My visits of inspection were as follows: 

Sept. 5— Kitchener Chapter No. 210, Russell. 
Sept. 18 — Laurentain Chapter No. 151, Pembroke. 
Sept. 26 — Glengarry Chapter No. 143, Maxville. 
Oct. 3— St. Johns Chapter No. 148, Vanleek Hill. 
Oct. 9 — Granite Chapter No. 61, Almonte. 
Oct. 16— Prince of Wales Chapter No. 226, Perth. 
Nov. 3 — Dochert Chapter No. 248, Arnprior. 
Nov. 5 — Maple Chapter No. 116, Carleton Place. 



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Nov. 17 — Bonnechere Chapter No. ill, Renfrew. 
Nov. 19 — Carleton Chapter No. 1(5, Ottawa. 
Nov. 21— St. Francis Chapter No. 133, Smiths Falls. 
Nov. 27— Ottawa Chapter No. 222, Ottawa. 

We are still trying to revive interest in Dochert Chapter No. 248. 
Let us hope that with continued effort this Chapter may take its place 
among; the prosperous Chapters of the Ottawa District. 

A District Divine Service was held on October 19 under the auspices 
of Ottawa Chapter No. 222. There was a gratifying- attendance repre- 
sentative of all District Chapters. The Companions joined with the con- 
gregation of Wesley United Church whose minister is Dr. H. W. Pointen, 
our Grand Chaplain. Dr. Pointen preached an eloquent and forceful ser- 
mon on "The Keystone of Today." 

I enjoyed visiting outside the Ottawa District, namely, to our St. 
Lawrence District and to Montreal District No. 1 G.R.Q. I conveyed 
greetings from the Grand Chaptei and our Grand First Principal to a 
number of Craft Lodges in the Ottawa District. I am pleased to report 
several inter-Chapter visits in District No. 13 as well as with Chapters in 
two neighboring Districts. These visits increased interest, developed 
friendships and generally promoted that fraternal goodwill which so 
truly characterized Royal Arch Masonry. 

When I visited Charleton Chapter No. 16 I had the extreme pleasure 
of seeing a group of twenty brethren exalted to the Holy Royal Arch 
Degree. The work was exceptionally well done. 

On Friday, February 20, St. Francis Chapter No. 133, Smiths Falls, 
had the honor to receive M. Ex. Comp. Searle on the occasion of present- 
ing him with a certificate as Honorary Member. This meeting was well 
attended by representatives of the Various Chapters of the District. Our 
Grand First Principal has done much to add impetus and enthusiasm to 
Royal Arch Masonry in the Ottawa District. 

In conclusion may I again thank all the Past and Present Principals 
and Companions of Ottawa District and especially my predecessor in 
office for their splendid co-operation. 

ALGOMA DISTRICT No. 14 
R. Ex. Comp. George Neill 

In presenting my report on the condition of Algoma District No. 14 
as Grand Superintendent I look back over the year and trust that during 
my term of office I may have in some small measure rendered a service 
of value to Capitular Masonry. At the same time added to my circle of 
friends many fine Companions. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chapters of the 
District for the honor they have conferred upon me in electing me their 
Grand Superintendent, also the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
for confirming the same. 

Immediately following my electioin I appointed Ex. Comp. M. W. 
Pearce as my District Secretary, and I extend to him my sincere thanks 
for the capable manner in which he performed his duties. 

My first and most pleasant duty was to meet the Grand First Prin- 
cipal and his escort at the station in Port Arthur on September 26. After 
a short rest period in their hotel we were graced with their presence at a 
joint convocation of Shuniah Chapter No. 82 and Fort William Chapter- 
No. 140. Their meeting with the Companions in the Temple was a joy and 
an inspiration. 

The following day, September 27, a cavalcade left Fort William and 
Port Arthur and headed by the Grand First Principal, the Grand Scribe 
E. and the Grand Lecturer for the purpose of presenting the charter and 
dedicating and consecrating Quetico Chapter No. 259 at Atikokan. The 
journey to and from this Chapter was most pleasant, first, as one must 
travel through a beautiful part of the province, and, secondly, we had with 



62 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

us three of the most interesting fellow Companions one would wish to meet 
in the persons of our Grand First Principal, the Grand Scribe E. and the 
Grand Lecturer. We travelled 135 miles each way and with such company 
it seemed only a little way. 

The presentation of the charter, the dedication and consecration of 
the Chapter were in charge of the M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, the 
Grand Scribe E. and the Grand Lecturer. 

On the morning- of the third day, September 28, we held a District 
Church Service. Immediately following the service a short school of in- 
struction was arranged in the Temple in Port Arthur at which time Rt. 
Ex. Comp. Reg. Lewis took charge. 

On October 10 I made a visit to Duluth, Minn., U.S.A., with 32 other 
Companions from both Chapters at the Lake Head and under special 
dispensation to exemplify the Canadian M.M.M. I felt greatly honored 
when asked by the Ex. Comp. of Shuniah Chapter, Ghris Seal, to be the 
principal speaker for the evening, taking for my subject "The Practice of 
Brotherhood." 

My visits to the various Chapters in this District were as follows: 
Oct. 14 — Fort Frances Chapter No. 152 and Rainy River No. 

149, jointly. 
Oct. 6— Fort William Chapter No. 140. 
Oct. 22— Golden Chapter No. 90. 
Nov. 10— Quetico Chapter No. 259. 
Nov. 17— Golden Star Chapter No. 254. 
Jan. 21, 1959— Shuniah Chapter No. 82. 

I would like to bring to the attention of all those interested in Royal 
Arch Masonry that Algoma District is widely separated and a long way 
from any other District in the province. To attend only once the seven 
Chapters of Algoma No. 14 it is necessary to travel 3,200 miles. This, in 
my opinion, does not lend any help to Royal Arch Masonry in this Dis- 
trict and makes it almost impossible to visit each Chapter more than 
once in each year. 

During my visits throughout the district I experienced poor at- 
tendance and seems quite general. This I believe is caused by a lack of 
interest generally speaking and can lead to a serious situation if Royal 
Arch Masonry is neglected in this District. 

The District as a whole is not completely healthy if even one of its 
constituents Chapters is in difficulty. Inter-Chapter visits, exchange of 
work and interesting talks are highly recommended as means of creating 
enthusiasm in the great work. 

In closing I would like to take this opportunity of thanking those 
Officers and Companions who assisted me during my year. It was greatly 
appreciated. To my successor, whoever he may be, may I offer my whole- 
hearted co-operation and assistance, and may his term of office be 
eventually satisfying as truly it can be. 

NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT No. 15 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Les Brown 
Most Ex. Comp. Searle: 

It has been a most interesting and stimulating experience to have 
been your representative in this District, namely, New Ontario District 
No. 15, for the year 1958. 

I made my official visit to Algonquin Chapter No. 102 at Sault Ste. 
Marie on November 7. This was their regular Convocation, and I found, 
after my request to visit them on that date had been confirmed, that they 
confer degrees only at emergent Convocations. However, I was really 
impressed with the consideration for detail and at the same time the 
despatch in which they carried out the business of the Chapter. 

I was certainly received and entertained in a manner due the repre- 
sentative of the Grand First Principal. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 68 

Although I was somewhat disappointed at not seeing the Chapter at 
degree work I can assure you, from several previous observations, that 
their work is faultless. 

On November 14 I visited Espanola Chapter No. 257 at Espanola. 
This was one of the most satisfying of my visits in that they displayed a 
great desire to be informed of those minor details which would make their 
degree work as nearly perfect as possible. Most of their problems could 
have been answered by a careful study of the Manual of Instruction, but 
they wanted to be sure of the correct interpretation. They conferred the 
M.M.M. Degree. 

A more enthusiastic Chapter would be hard to find, and their respect 
and cordiality for the Grand First Principal's representative left nothing 
to be desired. 

Since I am reporting these events in chronological order I cannot omit 
the pleasure it was for me to be a part of your escort the following even- 
ing on November 15 at Tuscan Chapter. 

St. John's arranged a rather special evening for my visit on Decem- 
ber 4 and I can assure you that I was royally received and entertained. 

I can report with conviction that the condition of Royal Arch 
Masonry in St. John's Chapter is of a high calibre. 

I had some difficulty arranging a date for my visit to Tuscan Chap- 
ter No. 95 in Sudbury because of the Inco strike, but I finally visited 
there on December 9, and I must say that it was one of the highlights Qf 
my year as your representative. 

They did not confer a degree, but having seen them at work on 
many previous occasions I know that the excellence of their work is such 
as is attained by few Chapters. 

On all my visits I was accompanied and very ably assisted by the 
District Secretary, Ex. Comp. Arthur S. Haley. I greatly appreciated his 
co-operation and energy. 

On each visitation I gave about a twenty-minute talk on Member- 
ship as it concerned Grand Chapter. I outlined the recommendations and 
proposals of the Membership Committee of Grand Chapter and added a 
few of my own where I thought it would be of local assistance. 

I respectfully submit this report to you, Most Ex. Sir, and hereby 
certify that the condition of Capitular Masonry in New Ontario District 
No. 15 is, in my opinion, a very healthy one. 

TEMISKAMING DISTRICT No. 16 
Rt. Ex. Comp. W. S. Lavery 

The honor bestowed upon Temiskaming Chapter as well as the 
responsibility on myself by the Companions and Chapters of District No. 
16 being chosen as the representative of the Grand First Principal for 
the 1958-59 term has been fully appreciated and our sincere thanks go to 
them. We also thank M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle for his most 
gracious confirmation of the election and for the subsequent advice, sup- 
port and genuine friendship which he extended throughout the year. 

To my Secretary, Ex. Comp. Harry C. Coull, whose efforts on behalf 
of myself and our Chapter District were untiring, plus many additional 
voluntary chores in an extremely pleasant but efficient manner. 

To outline some of the activities of the year we began on Sunday 
afternoon, June 8, 1958, when a district meeting was held at Twin Lakes 
and all the Chapters of the District ware represented by their senior 
officers, some accompanied by their wives. The ladies were entertained at 
tea in a nearby cottage while the Companions held a meeting to discuss 
plans for the Chapter year. The discussion was very fruitful and arrange- 
ments were made for the official visits and plans laid to hold three or 
more District meetings with tentative dates and locations agreed upon. 
It was a highly successful meeting and among other things provided an 
opportunity for the various councils to become acquainted with their 



64 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Grand Superintendent and each other. The meeting was followed by a 
buffet supper and since many of the Companions had a considerable 
distance to travel, from fifty to one hundred and fifty miles, the gathering 
broke up early. 

The official visits were: 

June 18 — Northern Lights Chapter No. 213, Timmins. 

June 25 — Kirkland Lake Chapter No. 251, Kirkland Lake. 

Sept. 11 — Temiskaming Chapter No. 169, New Liskeard. 

Sept. 23— Cobalt Chapter No. 203, Cobalt. 

Sept. 24— Abitibi Chapter No. 223, Iroquois Falls. 
On the occasion of all visits the reception was warm and friendly but 
dignified and all the formalities as befitting the representative of the 
Grand First Principal were observed. 

On October 4 and 5 we were honored by a visit to District No. 16 by 
M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, accompanied by the Grand Lecturer, Rt. 
Ex. Comp. Reg. Lewis, for the purpose of holding a District meeting in 
Timmins. On the Saturday morning the party were privileged to visit the 
surface workings of the Aunor gold mine where the general manager, 
Comp. R. Finley, explained the process (a wish expressed by the Grand 
First Principal). Later the new, modern studios of CFCL-TV were visited 
where the president of the company, Mr. Conrad Lavigne, conducted us 
on a tour of the station. 

The Chapter was opened at 8 p.m. Our Grand First Principal and his 
escort were received. The Mark Master degree was conferred with of- 
ficers from all the Chapters taking part in a very capable manner. Our 
Grand First Principal addressed the Companions, who listened to and 
will long remember his inspiring message. He expressed his pleasure at 
being able to make the visit and was presented with a life membership in 
the Timmins Chapter. The District presented him with a small memento 
to mark the event. Ex. Comp. J. Ralph had the unusual privilege, in our 
district, of being presented with his 25 year Past Principal's Jewel by the 
Grand First Principal. 

After the closing an enjoyable banquet was served and a program of 
entertainment completed the evening. 

On Sunday morning, October 5, a well attended church parade was 
held. The Companions went to St. Matthew's Pro Cathedral where M. Ex. 
Comp. Searle read a lesson and Ex. Comp. F. Martel read the other. The 
service was taken by the Rev. Canon H. E. Taylor and the benediction 
given by the Bishop of Moosonee. 

On the Sunday afternoon an informal meeting was held by the Grand 
Lecturer, R. Ex. Comp. R. Lewis, who gave us a small sample of what we 
could expect when he returns to hold a Chapter of Instruction on Febru- 
ary 14, 1959, in Kirkland Lake. 

The Timmins Chapter, who made all the arrangements for the week- 
end, did a thorough job in every detail and were given due thanks and 
commended by the Grand First Principal. All the active Chapters of the 
District were represented on all occasions. 

On November 29, 1958, we held another District meeting in Kirkland 
Lake when the Tremoy Chapter of Noranda, Quebec, were present on a 
fraternal visit and put on the Royal Arch degree. In spite of a very stormy 
night with bad driving conditions all the active Chapters were represented 
and it was a well attended and profitable evening. 

We are now looking forward to the Chapter of Instruction to be held 
in Kirkland Lake. The plans are in their final stages and we are expecting 
to have a worthwhile get-together and to come away wiser and better 
Chapter members. 

We have the extremely unpleasant duty to report that the Cobalt 
Chapter are no longer able to carry on and we see no possibility of re- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 65 

viving it. Their local membership has fallen so low that it is numerically 
impossible for them to conduct meetings, and they have decided to wind 
up their affairs as soon as possible and surrender their charter. This 
decision was not an easy one to make but no alternative presented itself. 

On the brighter side all the active Chapters report that they either 
have in hand or in prospect a busy year ahead and the future looks bright. 
In addition we are looking" into the possibility of a new Chapter in the 
northwestern part of the District. Some preliminary work had already 
been done and we hope to have further progress to report before the 
coming Convocation of Grand Chapter meets. We must emphasize that 
this is strictly in the prospect stage and will most likely fall to the lot of 
our successor to finalize if found practical. We, at this time, offer him 
our wholehearted support and feel that the entire District will extend the 
same support and courtesy which we received. 

Looking back it has been an eventful and satisfying year with the 
usual highlights. A year that inspires every confidence that Capitular 
Masonry has an expanding future in this north country if we can continue 
to g-et the right men to blaze the trails and make new Chapters come to 
life as the area provides the opportunities. There are new towns springing 
up and the older ones are growing faster with each passing day and 
Masonary has the chance to grow with them. 

The privilege of serving in the position of Grand Superintendent of 
District No. 16 for the 1958-59 term has been a wonderful experience and 
has provided many pages for my book of memories to be leafed through 
in the years to come. 

I would like to thank all those Companions who assisted in so many 
ways throughout the year and particularly the Companions of my own 
Chapter who did so much to make the year easier and most pleasant. 

YUKON DISTRICT No. 17 
Ex. Comp. J. W. Hoggan 
Dear Sir and Companion: 

I am a little late with my report, but being so close to the end of the 
year and being only the one Chapter to report on, I left it until they had 
their books made up for the j&ear. 

We have had a very successful year as you will see. There are four 
more applications in now so you see we are in for a busy year. There 
seems to be a trend to join the Royal Arch in the last year and we are 
getting more residents which will make it a lot nicer for the Chapters. In 
former years we had a lot of army and air force personnel who are on 
the move every couple of years. 

We have had a very cold winter (you will remember our cold 
weather), but it has warmed up now and we are looking forward to nice 
weather. 

EXCERPTS FROM THE GRAND MASTER'S REMARKS 
Most Worshipful Bro. and R. Ex. Comp. Harry L. Martyn, Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada, in the Province of 
Ontario, expressed his thanks and appreciation for the kind welcome 
extended to him by M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle and the pleasing 
presentation and introduction by M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden. 

He stated he still had pleasant memories of last year's One Hundredth 
Convocation, and he thought that from his observation at this Convocation 
we were on our way to establish a bigger record for our second century. 
He was very hopeful for the future of Royal Arch Masonry in the Province 
of Ontario, and was strong in his praise of the Officers who were carrying- 
on the work of Capitular Masonry in this Jurisdiction. 

The Grand Master was permitted to retire at the close of his address. 



GRAND TREASURER'S STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS 

April 6, 1959 
To the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
Most Excellent Z. and Companions: 

I submit herewith statement of Receipts and Disbursements 
for the period March 1, 1958— February 28, 1959: 
GENERAL ACCOUNT 
RECEIPTS 

Balance— February 28, 1958 $ 8,589.25 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Rebate of Executive Committee Expenses $ 309.14 

Receipt from Chapters 20,641.74 

Grand Convocation Receipts 4,264.07 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 162.49 

Transfer from Chapters' Life Membership Fund 27.37 

Interest on Investments 2,932.27 

Sales to other Grand Chapters 853.60 

Bank Interest 2.55 

Transfer from Centennial Fund 3,668.64 

Sales to Sundry Individuals 13.00 

Sale of $5,000.00 Dominion of Canada 3% 1961 

Bond 4,960.00 

Sale of $2,000.00 Canada Permanent Mortgage 
Corporation— 3 1 / 2 (r /r and S 3 A7r — due May 

1, 1958 2,000.00 

Sale of $10,000 Canada Permanent Mortgage 

Corporation— 3 V 2 %— 1961 Bond 9,750.00 

49,584.87 



DISBURSEMENTS $58,174.12 

Grand Scribe E. Office: 

Compensation $ 4,800.00 

Assistant 3,120.00 

Rent 1,380.00 

Miscellaneous 2,046.07 

Printing: 

Proceedings 2,380.02 

General 555.28 

Travelling: 

Grand Z 1,500.00 

General 618.90 

Expenses: 

Grand Convocation 17,927.84 

Grand Executive 2,421.50 

Grand Historian and Reviewer 300.00 

Audit Fee 400.00 

Jewels, Medals and Engraving 1,700.56 

Education and Instruction 561.90 

Masonic Library 125.00 

Transfer to Chapters' Life Membership Fund 1.68 

Bursaries 1,500.00 

Canadian Masonic Research Association 50.00 

Purchase of Supplies for Resale 2,356.44 

Expenditures chargeable to History of Grand 

Chapter 1,599.51 

Bond Interest Adjustment 13.43 

Insurance — -Liability 3.984.55 



$49,342.68 



BALANCE— as at February 28, 1959: 

Bank Balance 8,345.97 



Cash in Transit 485.47 $8,831.44 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 67 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

RECEIPTS 

Balance— February 28, 1958 $1,182.47 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Interest on Investments $1,989.75 

Donations 61.20 

Bank Interest 33.21 2,084.16 



$3,266.63 



DISBURSEMENTS 

Benevolent Grants 1,940.00 1,940.00 



BALANCE— as at February 28, 1959 $1,326.63 



GRAND CHAPTER LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 
RECEIPTS 

Balance— February 28, 1958 $ 258.31 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Commutations $868.72 

Interest on Investments 875.00 

Bank Interest 3.77 1,747.49 



$2,005.80 



DISBURSEMENTS 
Transferred to General Fund $162.49 $162.49 



$1,843.31 



CHAPTERS' LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 

RECEIPTS 

Balance— February 28, 1958 $466.82 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Transferred from General Fund $1.68 

Bank Interest 8.34 10.02 



$476.84 



DISBURSEMENTS 

Paid to Keystone Chapter, No. 224 $276.18 

Transferred to General Fund 27.37 303.55 

$173.29 



68 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

CENTENNIAL YEAR FUND 

RECEIPTS 

Balance— February 28.. 1958 $3,611.90 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Interest on Investments $36.25 

Bank Interest 20.49 56.74 



$3,668.64 



DISBURSEMENTS 



Transfer to General Fund $3,668.64 

BALANCE— as at February 28, 1959 $3,668.64 

NIL 



Examined and Verified: Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN D. LEWARS, C.A., FRED W. DEAN, P.G.Z., 

Auditor. Grand Treasurer. 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. F. 
W. Dean that:— 

Resolved — That the report of the Grand Treasurer be received and 
adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION. TORONTO, 1959 69 

REPORT OF THE GRAND SCRIBE E. 

/ o the Most Excellent the Grand /... Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

I present herewith the Annual Report of Cash Receipts and 
Ledger Balance for the fiscal year ending February 28th, 1959. 

ANNUAL STATEMENT 

REVENUE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 

March 1st, 1958, to February 28th, 1959 

Balance Balance 

No. Name of Chapter Amount Debit Credit 

1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui $225.03 $ 3.83 

2. The Hiram 159.35 $ 4.12 

3. St. John's, London 243.45 8.67 

4. The St. Andrew and St. John 144.00 2.50 

5. St. George's 194.53 5.52 

6. St. John's, Hamilton 122.58 4.25 

7. The Moira 243.90 2.50 

8. King Solomon's 234.98 137.25 

15. Wawanosh 168.80 .85 

16. Carleton 599.61 .45 

18. Oxford 179.57 1.58 

19. Mount Moriah 221.91 

20. Mount Horeb 98.10 

22. Grenville 92.05 .06 

23. Ezra 152.40 6.00 

24. Tecumseh 230.57 2.50 

26. St. Mark's 130.45 1.37 

27. Manitou 110.84 1.00 

28 Pentalpha 253.08 .42 

29. McCallum 120.98 .85 

30. Huron 136.69 3.21 

31. Prince Edward 199.63 1.93 

32. Waterloo 148.90 1.55 

34. Signet 104.66 1.70 

35. Keystone, Whitby 77.93 .15 

36. Corinthian 227.53 .38 

37. Victoria, Port Hope 113.64 1.50 

40. Guelph 192.18 

41. Harris 108.25 1.15 

44. Mount Sinai, Napanee 110.81 4.73 

45. Excelsior 53.13 

46. St. Jame^ 58.36 1.00 

47. Wellington 155.08 2.98 

48. St. John's, Cobourg 93.40 6.13 

53. Bruce 56.68 

54. Palestine. St. Thomas 234.96 27.00 

55. Niagara 79.02 4.28 

56. Georgian 85.67 17.23 

57. King Hiram 111.43 .60 

58. Pembroke (Inactive) 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence 300.73 4.67 

61. Granite 88.60 2.90 

62. York 127.93 



70 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 









Balance 


Balance 


No. 


Name of Chapter 


Amount 


Debit 


Credit 


63. 


Havelock 


90.54 




2.57 


64. 


Willson 


141.07 




5.53 


65. 


St. Paul's, Toronto 


105.13 


58.80 




66. 


The Malloch 


87.50 




1.35 


67. 


Enterprise 


76.90 




.43 


68. 


Maitland 


94.52 




.50 


69. 


Grimsby 


70.79 


.93 




71. 


Prince of Wales, Essex 


138.42 


.05 




72. 


Keystone, Stirling* 


86.27 




1.70 


73. 


Erie 


95.20 


.43 




74. 


Beaver, Strathroy 


94.30 


.85 




75. 


St. Clair, Milton 


100.05 






76. 


Mount Nebo 


60.58 




77. 


Occident 


317.30 






78. 


Minnewawa 


123.88 


4.25 




79. 


Orient 


73.03 






80. 


Ark 


222.30 




1.00 


81. 


Aylmer 


116.17 






82. 


Shuniah 


229.50 




21.68 


83. 


Ionic, Orangeville 


93.05 


3.42 




84. 


Lebanon, Wingham 


114.13 


1.70 




88. 


NacNabb 


119.54 


5.63 




90. 


Golden 


162.08 


4.85 




91 


Toronto-Antiquity . 


157.00 


7.02 




94 


Midland 


89.41 




2.04 


95 


Tuscan 


297.08 




10? 


Algonquin 


218.06 




103 


St. John's, North Bay. 


129.36 


1.28 




104. 


White Oak 


132.60 


.85 




110. 


Warkworth 


56.33 


.85 




112. 


St. John's, Morrisburg 


163.41 


3.08 




113. 


Covenant 


259.23 


.85 




114. 


Bonnechere 


108.71 


1.50 




115. 


Brant 


116.80 






116 


Maple 


83.81 






117. 


Kitchener, Kitchener 


197.26 


5.55 




119. 


King Cyrus, Leamington 


151.20 


3.39 




129. 


Elliot 


73.08 


37.50 




130. 


Chantry 


58.16 




1.27 


131. 


Amabel 


97.48 




6.95 


132. 


Leeds 


95.79 




.43 


133. 


St. Francis 


163.28 




1.28 


134. 


King Darius 


83.79 




2.24 


135. 


Succoth 


68.61 




13.55 


138. 


Shekinah 


256.98 


2.50 




140 


Fort William 


146.25 


17.22 
.86 




143. 


Glengarry 


65.49 




144 


Presqu'ile 


56.63 


1.85 




145. 


The St. Patrick 


327.38 


1.00 




146. 


Bernard 


113.26 




3.10 


147. 


Lucknow 


83.40 


2.35 




148. 


St. John's, Vankleek Hill 


101.11 


1.73 




149. 


Atwood 


47.68 


.25 




150. 


London 


136.23 


2.36 




151. 


Laurentian 


163.60 


2.86 




152. 


Alberton 


171.33 


.42 




153. 


Sombra 


131.31 




8.22 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION. TORONTO, 1959 71 

Balance Balance 

No. Name of Chapter Amount Debit Credit 

154. Klondike (Inactive) 74.85 

155. Ancaster 88.41 48.13 
161. Madoc 146.26 3.90 

163. The Beaches 114.16 

164. Lome 96.00 2.55 

167. Kichikewana 132.64 2.06 

168. Ionic, Campbellford 120.53 5.85 

169. Temiskaming 87.33 42.60 

175. The Hamilton 130.23 

184. Hugh Murray 94.33 .18 

195. Peel 131.70 2.50 

198. Couchiching 175.31 98.33 

203. Cobalt 20.83 

205. Victoria, Thornhill 100.60 4.20 

210. Kitchener, Russell 98.58 3.12 

212. Mount Sinai, Toronto 398.85 13.70 

213. Northern Lights 113.00 3.00 

214. Vimy 63.35 .42 

215. Mimico 105.41 

217. St. Alban's 121.23 1.27 

218. Prince Edward. Shelbourne 68.46 32.33 

219. Ulster 89.33 

220. Lebanon, Lambton Mills 111.43 .42 

221. Durham 40.78 .43 

222. Ottawa 290.56 3.71 

223. Abitibi 63.85 .75 

224. Kevstone, Hamilton 118.52 .18 

225. Beaver, Toronto 130.17 67.32 

226. Prince of Wales, Perth 134.26 .43 

227. Quinte Friendship 193.59 

230. Port Credit 102.51 .58 

231. The St. Clair, Toronto 211.37 .08 

232. King Cyrus. Toronto 102.53 6.43 

233. Oakwood 109.60 5.00 

234. Halton 127.34 

235. Aurora 100.63 .43 

236. Caledonia 84.90 

238. The St. Andrew 177.43 12.00 

239. Blenheim 94.06 

240. Smithville 47.38 2.75 

241. University 101.66 

242. St. Paul's, Lambeth 85.99 

243. McKay 62.30 33.83 

245. Preston 63.33 .85 

246. Humber 170.95 

247. Nilestown 124.93 62.30 

248. Dochert 36.56 18.28 

249. Palestine, Bowmanville 98.40 

250. Thomas Peters 193.70 1.63 

251. Kirkland 129.85 51.75 

252. Hiawatha 148.51 71.11 

253. Regal 98.71 

254. Golden Star 153.25 1.70 

255. Tillsonburg 103.33 .55 

256. Yukon 126.09 1.27 

257. Espanola 85.00 1.27 

258. Tyrian 17.15 



72 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Balance Balance 

No. Name of Chapter Amount Debit Credit 

259. Quetico 48.60 3.00 

260. Centennial 186.00 

Grand Chapter of Alberta 100.00 

Grand Chapter of British Columbia 303.00 

Grand Chapter of Manitoba 83.00 

Grand Chapter of New Brunswick 80.10 15.00 

Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia 6.00 

Grand Chapter of Quebec 12.00 

Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan 269.00 

Rebate of Executive Committee Expenses 309.14 

Sales to Sundry Individuals 13.00 

Grand Convocation Receipts 4,264.07 



$26,415.81 $1,087.24 $131.( 



CASH RECEIPTS 
For Year Ending February 28th, 1959 

Credits to Constituent Chapters' Accounts: 

Receipts from Chapters $20,641.74 

Rebate of Executive Committee Expenses 309.14 

Grand Convocation Receipts 4,264.07 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 162.49 

Transfer from Chapters' Life Membership Fund 27.37 

Interest on Investments 2,932.27 

Sales to other Grand Chapters 853.60 

Bank Interest 2.55 

Transfer from Centennial Fund 3,668.64 

Sales Sundries 13.00 

Sale of $5,000.00 Dominion of Canada Bond 4,960.00 

Sale of $2,000.00 Canada Permanent Bonds 2,000.00 

Sale of $10,000.00 Canada Permanent Bond 9,750.00 



$49,584.87 

Examined and Verified, 

JOHN D. LEWARS, C.A. 



To the Scribes E. of this Grand Chapter, please accept my 
sincere thanks and appreciation for your kind co-operation during 
the past year. It has been an exceedingly busy one for all concern- 
ed. Thirty-one Chapters have changed their Scribes E. In many 
instances the new Scribe has received assistance and support from 
his predecessor, but from my reports it is evident that quite a few 
have been left to manage for themselves. This is indeed very hard 
and unfair to the Scribe E. and the Chapter is thrown into a state 
of confusion through this unfortunate condition of affairs. It is 
well known to me as your Grand Scribe E. that the strength of 
many Chapters is only such because the Scribe E. understands his 
work, with the result that the other Officers of the Chapter rely 
on him for support throughout their period of service to their 
Chapter. 

Scribes E., once again I would like to draw your attention 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 78 

to the fact that in accordance with the Constitution the last day 
for filing your Annual Report is the 31st of January. It would 
be appreciated by your Grand Scribe E. if you will bear this in 
mind next year in order that the data required by the various Com- 
mittees can be compiled by this office and furnished to them with- 
out delay. 

This also applies to our Grand Superintendents — the last 
day for their reports, etc.. is March 1 5th of each year. 

Regarding the outstanding accounts, I am pleased to report 
that at the time this report is being prepared only $400.00 remain 
unpaid. 

There is one report that the Scribes E. have to complete, i.e. 
'Return of Officers and Living Past Principals of Chapters." This 
form, in a great many instances, is not being made up satisfactorily. 
It would be appreciated if all details in ruled columns are complet- 
ed, expressing the rank of the Excellent Companion and the year 
he was Z. of the Chapter, also whether the Grand Chapter Jewel — 
25 Year Past Principal — has been received. This return is most 
important to the welfare of the Chapter, and Grand Chapter can 
obtain much of its statistical information if it is filled out correctly. 

To all our Scribes E., particularly the new ones, I would like 
you to know that Grand Chapter office wants to help you with 
your problems, and will give its assistance upon your request. 

Respectfully submitted, 



Z^t^y 




Grand Scribe E. 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. F. J. 
Johnson that: — 

Resolved — That the report of the Grand S. E. be received and 
adopted. 



74 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

AUDITOR'S FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Most Excellent Companion, Maurice Arthur Searle, Grand First 

Principal, Grand Chapter. Royal Arch Masons of Canada, 

Temple Building, Toronto, Ontario. 

March 12, 1959. 

Most Excellent Sir: 

I have made my regular examination of the books of account 
and supporting records of the Grand Scribe E. and Grand Treasurer 
of Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada for the 
fiscal year ended February 28, 1959. From this examination, I 
have prepared the statements listed below and I now present them 
together with my comments thereon: 

Exhibit "A" — Balance Sheet as at February 28, 1959. 
Exhibit "B" — Comparative Revenue and Expenditure 
Account for the year ended February 28, 
1959. 
Schedule "1" — The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent 

Fund as at February 28, 1959. 
Schedule "2" — The Life Membership Fund — Grand 

Chapter as at February 28, 1959. 
Schedule "3" — The Chapters' Life Membership Fund 
as at February 28, 1959. 

COMMENTS 

The Petty Cash Fund, shown in Exhibit "A", was counted 
from time to time during the fiscal year ended February 28, 1959, 
and again on March 11, 1959 and found to be in order on each 
occasion. The cash in transit was deposited in the proper account 
subsequent to February 28, 1959. The bank balances of the 
several accounts and funds, as set out in Exhibit "A" and Schedules 
"1", "2" and "3" were verified as at February 28, 1959, and all 
bank transactions in these several accounts during the fiscal year 
then ended were examined. 

The Accounts Receivable from the various Chapters were 
reviewed in detail and appear to be proper charges. In my opinion, 
the Reserve for Uncollected Accounts, in the amount presently 
provided, should prove adequate to cover probable losses. The 
Accounts Receivable — Other represents an amount owing to Grand 
Chapter on account of an overcharge by a supplier for supplies for 
resale. 

The computation of the accrued interest in the several funds 
was checked and found to be in order. 

The investments of the several Funds are set out in detail in 
Exhibit "A" and Schedules "1" and "2". They were counted on 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 75 

March 12, 1959, in the presence of the Grand Scribe E. and the 
Grand First Principal and were found to be in order. They con- 
tinue to be held in the place and custody authorized by the Grand 
Chapter. 

So far as I was able to ascertain, from due inquiry of the 
Officials concerned and from the information presently available, 
all known liabilities of the various Funds were taken up in the 
books of account as at February 28, 1959, and are reflected in the 
attached statements. 

Details of the operations of the General Fund for the fiscal 
year ended February 28, 1959, as shown by the books of account 
of the Grand Scribe E. are set out in Exhibit "B" and compared 
with the Budget for the fiscal year under review, as approved by 
Grand Chapter. 

The actuarial soundness of the Life Membership Fund of 
Grand Chapter has not been tested, checked or verified, since the 
inception of this Fund. 

As in preceding years, interim examinations were made of the 
books of account of the Grand Scribe E. and Grand Treasurer and 
tentative interim reports were submitted as of August 31, 1958 
and November 30, 1958. I have tested the annual returns from 
the constituent Chapters and I have obtained all of the informa- 
tion and explanations which I have required. My examination 
included a general review of the accounting procedures and such 
tests of the accounting records and other supporting evidence as I 
deemed necessary under the circumstances. 

In my opinion, the attached Balance Sheet and related state- 
ments are properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and correct 
view of the state of the financial affairs of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada as at February 28, 1959, subject 
to the qualifications contained in the foregoing comments, and 
the results of operations for the year then ended, according to the 
best of my information and the explanations afforded to me, and 
as shown by the books of the Grand Chapter. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

J. D. LEWARS, C.A., 

Auditor. 



76 GRAND CHAPTER OF CAxNADA 

Exhibit "A" 
BALANCE SHEET AS AT FEBRUARY 28, 1959 

Current Assets: ASSETS 

Petty Cash Fund $ 234.05 

Cash in Transit 485.47 

Cash in Bank: 

General Account $8,345.97 

History Account 1,596.00 9,941.97 

Accounts Receivable: 

Chapters 955.61 

Other 68.90 * 

$1,024.51 
Less Reserve for Uncollected 

Accounts 100.00 924.51 

Due from Life Membership Fund — 

Grand Chapter 599.77 

Accrued Interest on Investments 1,010.20 $13,195.97 

Investments : _____^^___ 

Govt, of Canada — 4V 2 %— 1983 $22,500.00 

Province of Ontario —2%%— 1968 6,000.00 

Province of Ontario —3 % — 1977 4,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario — 3V 2 %— 1979 28,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario —4 %— 1974 6,000.00 

Toronto Gen. Trusts — SV 2 %— 1960 1,500.00 

Toronto Gen. Trusts — 3 1 / 2 %— 1959 1,500.00 

Metropolitan Toronto 3V 2 %— 1975 2,000.00 



$71,500.00 
Less: Unamortized Discount 604.28 70,895.72 

Furniture and Fixtures 1,504.83 

Less: Reserve for Depreciation 1,490.21 14.62 

Grand Chapter— Library 250.00 

Grand Council — Regalia 75.00 

Deferred Charges — Liability Insurance 2,656.37 

Special Funds: 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

(Sch. "1") 62,714.50 

The Life Membership Fund (Sch. "2") 24,471.91 

The Chapters' Life Membership Fund (Sch. 

"3") 173.29 87,359.70 



$174,447.38 

Current Liabilities: LIABILITIES 

Accounts Payable $ 32.01 

Unexpended Reserves: 

Education $ 571.57 

Library 100.00 

Preparing and Printing History 2,295.42 2,966.99 

Reserve for Special Funds 87,359.70 

General Reserve: 

Balance— March 1, 1958 91,729.56 

Less— Net Expenditure (Exhibit "B") 7,640.88 84,088.68 



$174,447.38 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION. TORONTO, 1959 77 

Exhibit "B" 
COMPARATIVE REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT 

REVENUE Balances 

Estimated Over* 

Revenue Actual Revenue or Under 

Fees $2,800.00 $2,773.00 $ 27.00 

Dues 16.300.00 16,495.32 *195.32 

Life Membership Dues 2,550.00 2,623.10 =73.10 

Dispensation and Warrants 150.00 176.00 *26.00 

Sale of Supplies 2,200.00 2.422.45 *222.45 
Sale of History of Grand 

Chapter 2,000.00 1,596.00 404.00 
Interest Earned: 

Investments $3,078:05 

Bank Deposits 23.04 

$2,500.00 $3,101.09 *601.O9 

Transfer from Centennial 

Fund 7,149.19 7,149.19 

Total Revenue $35,649.19 $36,336.15 *$686.96 

Total Expenditure 43,447.40 43,977.03 *529.63 

Net Expenditure $7,798.21 $7,640.88 157.33 

EXPENDITURE Balances 

Estimated Over* 

Expenditure Actual Expenditure or Under 
Grand Scribe E.: 

Compensation $4,800.00 $4,800.00 

Office Assistant 3,120.00 3,120.00 

Rent 1,380.00 1,380.00 

Miscellaneous 700.00 1,155.52 *$455.52 

$10,000.00 $10,455.52 

Foreign Correspondence Re- 
viewer 300.00 300.00 

Audit Fee 400.00 400.00 

Printing: 

Proceedings 2,100.00 2,412.52 *312.52 

General 600.00 555.28 44.72 

$2,700.00 2,967.80 

Travelling: 

Grand Z 1,500.00 1,500.00 

General 700.00 792.60 *92.60 

2,200.00 2,292.60 

Expenses: 

Convocation 16,000.00 13,911.43 2,088.57 

Executive Committee 2,900.00 2,356.56 543.44 

18,900.00 16,267.99 

Jewels and Engraving 1,000.00 1,710.72 :: 710.72 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 125.00 
Grant to Can. Masonic Res. 

Association 50.00 50.00 

Chapters' Life Membership 

Fund 10.00 1.68 8.32 

Liability Insurance 1,362.40 1,328.18 34.22 

Archives Committee 200.00 200.00 

Printing Historv of Grand 

Chapter 4,000.00 4,000.00 

Supplies for Resale 2,200.00 2,287.54 *87.54 

Bursaries 1,500.00 *1,500.00 

Loss on Sale of Investments 290.00 *290.00 

Total Expenditure $43,447.40 $43,977.03 *$529.63 



78 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Schedule "1" 
THE VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 
As at February 28, 1959 

Balance— March 1, 1958 $62,300.71 

Add: 

Bond Interest $2,115.00 

Bank Interest 33.21 

Amortization of Bond Discount 174.10 



2,322.31 

Less: Amortization of Bend Premium 29.72 2,292.59 



Donations 61.20 



64,654.50 
Deduct— Benevolence 1,940.00 



Balance— February 28, 1959 $62,714.50 



ASSETS 

Cash in Bank $1,326.63 

Accrued Interest 829.18 2,155.81 



Investments: 

Govt, of Canada— 4 Va%— 1983 16,700.00 

Province of Ontario— 3 %— 1965 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 3 %— 1966 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 2%%— 1968 1,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 3%— 1969 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 3%— 1977 ? 8,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 4 V 4 %— 1967 6,500.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 3 Vi%— 1979 2,000.00 

Toronto General Trusts— 3 V 2 ^—1960 7,000.00 



$62,200.00 
Deduct — Unamortized Discount $1,859.61 

Less— Unamortized Premium 218.30 1,641.31 60,558.69 

$62,714.50 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 79 

Schedule "2" 
THE LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND— GRAND CHAPTER 

As at February 28, 1959 

Balance— March 1, 1968 $25,303.74 

Add: 

Interest on Investments $875.00 

Amortization of Discount 12.50 

Bank Interest 3.77 

Commutations Issued 900.00 1,791.27 



27,095.01 
Deduct— Life Membership Dues 2,623.10 



Balance— February 28, 1959 $24,471.91 

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES 

Assets: 

Cash in Bank $1,843.31 

Due from Chapters 41.28 

Accrued Interest on Investments 268.34 

Investments: 

Metropolitan Toronto — 3 Vz C A — 

1975 $23,000.00 

Less: Unamortized Discount 81.25 22,918.75 25,071.68 



Liabilities: 

Due to General Fund 599.77 



$24,471.91 



Schedule "3" 
THE CHAPTERS' LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 
As at February 28, 1959 

Balance— March 1, 1958 $466.82 

Add: 

Bank Interest $8.34 

Transfer from General Fund 1.68 10.02 

$476.84 
Less — 1958 Chapter Dues Transferred to General 

Fund and Credited to Chapters' Accounts 27.37 

Balance to Credit of Chapter No. 224 Refunded 

to Chapter per request 276.18 303.55 

Balance— February 28, 1958 $173.29 



ASSETS 
Cash in Bank $173.29 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. F. 
W. Dean, that:— 

Resolved — That the Auditor's Report be received and adopted. 



80 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REPORT OF THE PRINTING COMMITTEE 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Your Committee on Printing has received the expenditures 
for the year ending February 28th, 1959, and submits the follow- 
ing analysis in support thereof: 

Printing Proceeds and Postage $2,412.52 

Printing General 555.28 



$2,967.80 



History of Grand Chapter— Allocated $4,000.00 

Expenses: Printer, Cuts and Supplies, etc. 1,704.58 



Balance placed in Reserve Account $2,295.42 



It is respectfully requested that the following monies be placed 
at the disposal of the Printing Committee for the fiscal year of 
1959-1960: 

Printing Proceeds and Postage $1,700.00 

Printing General 600.0'0 

-Printing for Resale 1,500.00 

Printing for Resale — History of Grand 

Chapter 1,000.00 

(For additional unbound copies) 



$4,800.00 



*The cost of this item will be liquidated before the next request for a 
similar expenditure. 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. EX. COMP. R. A. STEWART, Chairman 

R. EX. COMP. L. B. TRACEY 

R. EX. COMP. FRED J. JOHNSON, G.S.E. 



Moved by R. Ex. Ccmp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. R. 
A. Stewart, that — 

Resolved — That the Report of Printing Committee be received and 
adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 81 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON INVESTMENTS 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

Your Committee on Investments reports the following: 

GENERAL ACCOUNT 

Dominion of Canada, 4%%— Sept. 1, 1983, registered $22,500.00 

Province of Ontario, 2%%— July 15, 1968, registered 6,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%— Oct. 15, 1977, registered 4,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Commission, 3%% — Oct. 15, 1979, 

registered 28,000,00 

Hvdro Electric Power Commission, 4% — - July 15, 1974, 

registered 6,000.00 

Toronto General Trusts Corporation, 3V 2 %— Jan. 27, 1960 

registered 1,500.00 

Toronto General Trusts Corporation, 3%% — Dec. 1, 1959, 

registered 1,500.00 

City of Metropolitan Toronto, 3V 2 <7c— May 2, 1959, bearer 2,000.00 



$71,500.00 



VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Dominion of Canada, 4 1 / 2 9 / r— Sept. 1, 1983, registered $16,500.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4 V 2 % — Sept. 1, 1983, bearer 200.00 

Province of Ontario, Z%— April 15, 1965, registered 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%— Nov. 1, 1966, registered 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 2%^^uly 15, 1968, registered 1,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%— Nov. 1, 1969, registered 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%— Oct. 15, 1977, registered 8,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Commission, 4%% — Nov. 1, 1969, 

registered 6,500.00 

Hydro Electric Power Commission, 3V 2 % — Oct. 18, 1979, 

registered 2,000.00 

Toronto General Trusts Corporation, 3V 2 %— Jan. 27, 1960, 

registered 7,000.00 

$62,200.00 



LIFE MEMBERSHIP 
City of Metropolitan Toronto, 3V 2 %— May 1, 1975, bearer $23,000.00 



During the year, we took advantage of the opportunity to 
exchange our Dominion of Canada 3 % Victory Loan Bonds — 
$22,500.00 General Account, and $16,700.00 Victory Benevo- 
lent Fund for the new Dominion of Canada Conversion Bonds 
41/W due September 1, 1983. 

During the year, we sold $5,000.00 Dominion of Canada 
Victory Loan 3 % — June 1, 1960 and Canada Permanent Mort- 
gage Corporation $10,000.00, 3V 2 ^ due January 15, 1961 from 
the General Account. This was done to take care of the extra 



82 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

expenses of our One Hundredth Anniversary Convocation, the 
printing of the Grand Chapter History, and Bursaries. 

Your Committee on Investments has had two meetings with 
the Grand Scribe E. during the year. 

The assistance and advice given by the members of the Fin- 
ance Committee, the Grand Scribe E. the Grand Treasurer and 
Most Excellent Companion Searle, is sincerely appreciated and 
gratefully acknowledged. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

RT. EX. COMP. F. CARL ACKERT, 
April 1st, 1959. Chairman. 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. F. C. 
Ackert, that — 

Resolved — That the report of the Investment Committee be received. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 83 

RESOLUTION RESPECTING TRANSFER OF YUKON 

TERRITORY TO THE GRAND CHAPTER OF 

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

The following* resolution providing- for the transfer of Masonic 
Jurisdiction over the Yukon Territory to the Grand Chapter of British 
Columbia was presented to Grand Chapter and upon motion by the 
Grand Second Principal and seconded by M. E. Comp. J. M. Burden, was 
adopted: 

"That this Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada do here- 
by grant to any Chapter or Chapters now owing allegiance to this Grand 
Chapter and located within the Yukon Territory permission to affiliate 
with and become part of The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
British Columbia, and do hereby agree to transfer all its Masonic juris- 
diction over the Yukon Territory to the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of British Columbia. 

And that the Grand Z. and Grand Scribe E. be and they are hereby 
authorized to sign any documents necessary for the carrying into effect 
of this Resolution and affix the seal of Grand Chapter thereto." 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTION, LAWS 
AND JURISPRUDENCE 

To the Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
Your Committee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence begs to 
submit the following report. 

1. Most Excellent Companion Fred W. Dean has presented the 
following notice of motion: — 

"I hereby give notice that at the next Convocation of Grand Chapter 
to be held in Toronto in April, 1959, I will move, or cause to be moved, 
that that portion of Section 140 of the Constitution now reading as 
follows: 

'For every member of a Chapter, payable semi-annually on the 
30th of June and the 31st of December in each year, except the first 
year of the organization of the Chapters — 42 %c.' 
to be amended to read as follows: 

'For every member of a Chapter, payable semi-annually on the 30th 
of June and the 31st of December in each year, except the first year of 
the organization of the Chapter — 55c\" 

Section 291 of the Constitution provides that any amendment to 
the Constitution which has been rejected by Grand Chapter cannot be 
considered at any time within five years after such rejection, except 
leave be given by Grand Chapter by a two-thirds vote, such vote to be 
taken without debate. 

In April, 1957, an amendment to increase the per capita tax to 50 
cents was declared carried, but subsequently the newly-installed Grand 
Z. directed the increased per capita was not to be levied because the 
amendment had not been passed by the necessary two-thirds majority. 

In the opinion of your Committee this notice is similar to the motion 
dealt with in 1957, and also the motion, if it had not received the neces- 
sary majority required by the Constitution of Grand Chapter, should not 
have been declared carried. 

Your Committee, therefore, submits that upon consent by Grand 
Chapter pursuant to Section 291 of the Constitution, there is no legal 
objection to this notice of motion being presented to Grand Chapter for 
consideration. 

2. Most Excellent Companion John M. Burden has presented the 
following notice of motion: 



84 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

"I hereby give notice that, upon consent of this Grand Chapter to 
transfer the Yukon Territory to the jurisdiction of The Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia, I will move or cause to be 
moved at the next Annual Convocation the following: — 

1. That Section 2 of the Constitution be amended by deleting the words, 
"and the Yukon Territory" in the last line thereof. 

2. That Section 11 of the Constitution be amended by deleting the 
words, "The Grand Superintendent of the Seventeenth or Yukon 
District." 

3. That Section 15 of the Constitution be amended by deleting the 
second paragraph thereof. 

4. That Section 18 of the Constitution be amended by deleting from 
the fifth and sixth lines thereof the words, "except as provided in 
Section fifteen". 

5. That Section 77 of the Constitution be amended by deleting from the 
sixth, seventh and eighth lines thereof the words, "and in the Yukon 
District where any Chapter may appoint a proxy who is not a 
member of the Chapter nor a resident of that District". 

6. That Section 1 of the Constitution of this Grand Chapter be amended 
by adding at the end thereof the words, "in the Province of Ontario". 

7. That, with the exception of the "note" preceding the first page of 
the Constitution, wherever the title "The Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada" appears throughout the Constitution, Cere- 
monies, Guide & Rules, the same shall be amended to read, "The 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario". 

8. The Great Seal of Grand Chapter to be amended accordingly." 

A condition precedent to the presentation of this notice of motion 
is the approval of this Grand Chapter to transfer its Masonic jurisdiction 
over the Yukon Territory to the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
British Columbia. 

After this consent has been granted, there is no legal objection to 
this notice of motion being presented to Grand Chapter for consideration. 

3. Ontario District No. 10 over signatures of H. 0. Flintoff, P. S. 
Conibear and E. W. Edmondson submitted the following proposals for con- 
sideration, and subsequently and within the time prescribed by the Con- 
stitution asked that these proposals be treated as a notice of motion. 

"Proposed addition to article 246 of the Constitution: 

1. The total fee for Life Membership as determined by the above rates, 
for a Royal Arch Mason who has been a member in good standing 
for at least ten years, shall be adjusted as follows: — 

(a) If 60 years of age or under, an allowance of 5% of his yearly 
dues for each year he has been a member in good standing. 

(b) If 61 years of age or over, an allowance of 15% of his yearly 
dues for each year he has been a member in good standing. 
Provided the payment shall not in any case be less than the 
commutation fees to Grand Chapter. 

2. A Royal Arch Mason, having been a member in good standing for 
at least 20 years, and having reached the age of 75 years, shall be 
granted Life Membership, and the commutation fee to Grand Chap- 
ter shall be waived." 

Section 246, after determining the method by which the amount pay- 
able for a Life Membership is determined, states "In addition thereto, 
there shall be paid by the life member the commutation fee of Grand 
Chapter, which amount shall be forwarded forthwith to Grand Chapter, 
and such payment shall exempt the Chapter from the payment of future 
dues to Grand Chapter on his behalf". 

The second part of this proposed amendment waives the commuta- 
tion to Grand Chapter but makes no provision that the Chapter shall be 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION. TORONTO, 1959 85 

exempt from further dues to Grand Chapter and would be a contradiction 
of the preceding paragraph of Section 246. 

Your Committee is of the opinion that there is no legal objection 
to part one of this notice of motion being submitted to> Grand Chapter 
for consideration, but there is a legal objection to part two of the notice 
of motion being considered in its present form. 
Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN M. BURDEN, 

Chairman. 
Upon motion by the Grand Second Principal and seconded by the 
Grand Third the report of the Committee on Constitution, Laws and 
Jurisprudence was received. 

Permission having been requested by the proposers of Notices of 
Motion numbers one and three to withdraw these Notices of Motion, it 
was moved by M. E. Comp. J. M. Burden and seconded by M. E. Comp. 
F. W. Dean that this permission be granted and that the report of the 
Committee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence be amended by 
deleting Notices of Motion one and three. 

Carried. 
Moved by the Grand Second Principal, seconded by M. E. Comp. J. 
M. Burden that the report of the Committee on Constitution, Laws and 
Jurisprudence, as amended, be adopted. 

Carried. 

AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION 

Upon motion by the Grand Second Principal, seconded by M. E. Comp. 
J. M. Burden, and carried, the Constitution of Grand Chapter was amend- 
ed as follows: 

1. That Section 2 of the Constitution be amended by deleting the words, 
"and the Yukon Territory" in the last line thereof. 

2. That Section 11 of the Constitution be amended by deleting the 
words, "The Grand Superintendent of the Seventeenth or Yukon 
District". 

3. That Section 15 of the Constitution be amended by deleting the 
second paragraph thereof. 

4. That Section 18 of the Constitution be amended by deleting from the 
fifth and sixth lines thereof the words, "except as provided in 
Section fifteen". 

5. That Section 77 of the Constitution be amended by deleting from 
the sixth, seventh and eighth lines thereof the words, "and in the 
Yukon District where any Chapter may appoint a proxy who is not a 
member of the Chapter nor a resident of that District". 

6. That Section 1 of the Constitution of this Grand Chapter be amended 
by adding at the end thereof the words, "in the Province of Ontario". 

7. That, with the exception of the "note" preceding the first page of 
the Constitution, wherever the title "The Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada" appears throughout the Constitution, Cere- 
monies, Guide & Rules, the same shall be amended to read, "The 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario". 

8. The Great Seal of Grand Chapter to be amended accordingly." 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON 
WARRANTS AND DISPENSATIONS 

To the Most Excellent The Grand First Principal, Officers and Com- 
panions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
Your Committee on Warrants and Dispensations reports that no new 
applications have been presented to them during the past year. 
Fraternally submitted, 

G. H. SHANNON, 

Chairman. 



86 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
G. H. Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That this report be accepted. 

Grand Chapter was called off at 12.30 p.m. for luncheon. 
Scrutineers Obligated at 12.30 p.m. 

M. Ex. Comp. John L. House obligated the Scrutineers as to faith- 
fully performing the duties of this office. 

Grand Chapter was called on at 2.00 p.m. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON GRIEVANCES AND 
APPEALS 

To The M. E. Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions of 
Grand Chapter 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Grievances and Appeals are most happy to report 
that no cases of such have come before us during the year just ended, 
so it appears that peace, contentment and happiness reigns throughout 
our Grand Jurisdiction. 

A. G. N. BRADSHAW, 

Chairman. 
JOHN M. BURDEN, 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved — That the Report of the Committee on Grievance and 
Appeals be received and adopted. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE GRAND Z.'s 

ADDRESS 

To The Most Excellent The Grand First Principal Officers and Members 

of the Grand Chapter of RGyal Arch Masons of Canada 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee has reviewed the Address of our Grand First 
Principal, Most Excellent Companion Maurice A. Searle, and joins with 
him in his welcome to our guests, particularly to our Grand Master, Most 
Worshipful Brother Harry L. Martyn, and the Grand Secretary, Right 
Worshipful Brother and Companion Ewart G. Dixon. We unite with him 
in his fraternal greetings to all our distinguished guests and with them 
share in the reflected glory wrought by the efforts of our Grand First 
Principal and his Committee Chairman at the Centennial Convocation 
one year ago. 

Our Grand First Principal has paid fitting tribute to those who have 
served Royal Arch Masonry so well and we deplore the loss of many 
distinguished Companions. 

Our Grand Z. has made many visitations and attended many meet- 
ings during the past year giving unstintingly of his time and energy to 
further the cause of our order. As we commend him for his visits to 
other Grand Jurisdictions and to the Districts in this Jurisdiction, we 
congratulate him on the honours personally bestowed on him. 

Your Committee approves our Grand Z.'s appointment of Grand 
Representatives and compliments him on his selection. 

W T e commend our Grand First Principal for his interests in the 
Masonic Library and, as in the past, we concur in his commendation of 
the efforts made by the Companions of the Royal Arch Masons Welfare 
Committee of the two Toronto Districts. 

We join with all our Companions in the pride expressed by our 
Grand First Principal in the dedication of new Chapters and Chapter 
rooms which shows that the enthusiasm and labours of our leaders is 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 87 

bearing- fruit. Your Committee extends its warmest welcome to the new- 
Chapters at Atikokan and at Streetsville and we bespeak for them groat 
days ahead. 

We have carefully considered the recommendations of our Grand 
First Principal that past rank be conferred upon certain First Principals 
of Chapters who, through no fault of their own, were prevented from 
serving the full time of twelve months. We concur in these recommenda- 
tions and present the same to Grand Chapter for approval. 

We note with interest the appreciation shown by the Universities 
which were granted bursaries at our Centennial Convocation. We agree 
with the recommendation that a small committee be formed to consider 
and report to Grand Chapter next year on the advisability of continuing 
these awards. 

The dispensations granted by Most Excellent Companion Searle 
appear to be in order, and subject to the power conferred on the Grand 
Z. are confirmed. 

Your Committee approves of our Grand Z.'s recommendation that 
Right Excellent Companion Fergus A. McDermid of Carleton Chapter, 
Ottawa, be elected to Honcurary Membership in our Grand Executive and 
recommends that Grand Chapter approve. 

The Committee notes with pleasure our Grand Z.'s comments on 
Divine Services and agrees with him that from such meetings can come 
the greatest inspiration and help to us all. 

Your Committee is pleased that no Rulings were required during 
the past year but note his reference to request for the formation of 
what was known as a York Rite College. Decisions on such matters 
are, at times, extremely difficult and we express the opinion that matters 
which may be deemed constitutionally improper must receive most care- 
ful consideration. 

Our Grand Z.'s references to constituent Chapters, the decline in 
attendance, and the methods to> be considered in overcoming some of 
these difficulties are timely and worthy of serious thought. We express 
hope that the feeling of complacency which is stated with such emphasis 
at the opening of his Address will recede as the enthusiasm amongst our 
members increases. Democracy flourishes when more and more indivi- 
duals understand and accept their rightful place in all types of affairs 
for the common good. Democracy wanes when more and more individuals 
take less and less interest in the requirements placed upon the average 
citizen. W"e agreed with the opinion of our Grand First Principal that 
Grand Chapter must not disregard its responsibilities in this respect. A 
proper understanding of the teachings of Royal Arch Masonry and a 
correct interpretation of the symbolism involved cannot but impress on 
our Companions a proper and correct understanding of their duties as 
citizens. 

We concur in the suggestion of our Grand First Principal that a 
Committee be appointed to make a geographical survey of the Districts 
and study any advantage which may be gained by creating better oppor- 
tunities for Inter-Chapter visitations amongst Chapters in the same 
District, and at the same time lessen the travelling by the Grand Super- 
intendents. 

Your Committee desires to pay sincere tribute to the zeal and energy 
with which our Grand Z. has performed his duties during the past year. 
That he has not spared himself is evidenced by the fact that he has 
travelled so far and made so many visitations. We believe that he has 
made for himself a place in the hearts and affections of the Companions 
throughout this whole Jurisdiction, and in our judgment he has per- 
formed his many duties efficiently and with unflagging interest, and 



88 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

worthy of the best traditions of the past he has performed his duties as 
a Grand First Principal. 

Fraternally submitted, 

C. M. PITTS 
A. G. N. BRADSHAW 
J. L. HOUSE 
M. S. GOODERHAM 
F. W. DEAN 

JOHN M. BURDEN, Chairman. 
It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z.'s 
Address be received and adopted. 

REPORT OF THE GRAND HISTORIAN 

M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle reported that there was no report for 
this Committee as he had covered this subject in his Address. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. C. W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — That the report be received. 

GRAND HISTORIAN ELECTED 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. C. 
W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — That M. Ex. Comp. B. S. Scott be elected Grand Historian. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BENEVOLENCE 

To The Most Excellent Grand "Z", Officers and Members of The Grand 

Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
Most Excellent Grand "Z" and Companions: 

Your Committee on Benevolence has considered the Applications for 

Relief and we recommend that an appropriation be made in the Estimates 

for the coming- Grand Chapter year for Grants to the following: 

Chapter Grant in Favour of Amount 

1 Widow of G. McN $ 150.00 

4 Companion F. L. D. 150.00 

5 Widow of G. S. M 200.00 

8 Widow of R. J 150.00 

53 Daughter of J. S 150.00 

62 Widow of J. B 150.00 

102 Companion T. W 200.00 

145 Daughter of J. C 200.00 

Special— Widow of E. S 200.00 

241 Companion W. S. M. E ' 200.00 

246 Companion B. F 150.00 



$1,900.00 
We further recommend that an amount of $600.00 be provided for 
Interim Relief, if it be needed before the next Annual Convocation of 
Grand Chapter. 

Fraternally submitted, 

D. C. PATMORE 

R. N. McELHINNEY 

F. W. DEAN, 

Chairman. 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. F. W. Dean, and — 

Resolved — That the Report of the Committee on Benevolence be 
received and adopted. 



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COMMITTEE ON BENEVOLENCE 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. C. 
W. Emmett, and — 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on Benevolence 
and are members of the Executive Committee of Grand Chapter for the 
respective years: 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney, retires 1961. 

M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, retires in 1962. 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, retires in 1960. 

COMMITTEE ON AWARDS FOR DISTINGUISHED 
SERVICE MEDAL 

To The Most Excellent, The Grand Zerubbabel, Officers and Members of 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

The report of the committee on awards for the Distinguished Service 
Medal is very brief. 

A preliminary application was presented. 

Respectfullv and fraternally submitted, 

C. M. PITTS, P.G.Z., Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. C. M. Pitts, and— 

Resolved — That the Rsport on Award for the Distinguished Service 
Medal be received. 

COMMITTEE ON AWARDS FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on Awards for 
the Distinguished Service Medal, for Grand Chapter for their respective 
terms: 

M. EX. COMP. A. G. N. BRADSHAW, 1962 
M. EX. COMP. C. M. PITTS, 1960, Chairman. 
M. EX. COMP. J. M. BURDEN, 1961. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION 
AND INSTRUCTION 

To The Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
Your Committee on Education beg to report that during the year 
no business was placed before them. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

M. A. SEARLE, 

Chairman. 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
M. A. Searle, and — 

Resolved — That this report be received. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE CONDITION OF 
CAPITULAR MASONRY 

To The Most Excellent, The Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 

of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

After reviewing the reports of the Grand Superintendents and con- 
sidering information received from other Grand Chapter sources, your 
Committee must conclude that we are singularly blessed by having dedi- 
cated and devoted leadership, and that under such guidance our Royal 
Craft continues to make progress in both the tangible and the intangible 
branches of our endeavours. 

Many tributes have been paid to our Grand First Principal for his 
unsparing efforts to advance the honour and reputation of our Fraternity. 



90 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

His many visits and personal contacts with the Companions, his inspired 
addresses, his sincerity and high purpose have created a new vision and 
renewed enthusiasm everywhere he has travelled. The Grand H. and 
Grand J. have ably supported him in every way. The Grand Lecturer, R. 
Ex. Comp. R. J. Lewis, has visited much within the jurisdiction and has 
brought valuable instruction and enlightenment to many Chapters and 
District meetings. The Grand Scribe E. has continued to serve Grand 
Chapter well and his unfailing kindness and co-operation have contri- 
buted in no small measure to the smooth functioning of the organization. 

The reports of the Grand Superintendents indicate that they have 
worthily represented the Grand First Principal in their various districts. 
They have been diligent in carrying on the duties of their office and have 
endeavoured to further the well-being and usefulness of Royal Arch 
Masonry. In almost every case District meetings were held and discus- 
sions proved most beneficial. Chapters and Lodges of Instruction were 
well attended and helped to maintain and improve the quality of the 
ritual work. 

While we may look with pride on another year of progress, your 
Committee realizes only too well the dangers of drifting into a state of 
complacency when there is so much that may be done to make even 
greater improvement. It is with this thought in mind that the following 
comments are offered. 

MEMBERSHIP: A net increase in membership during the year of 
138 as against a net increase of 56 the previous year must be a source 
of satisfaction to us all. Let us hope that it marks the turning point 
in the downward trend, and it can be if the Companions continue their 
efforts to retain present memberships and bring more light to uninformed 
brethren. Losses by death were down from 536 to 503 which is still the 
second highest figure in the history of at least the past 50 years. This 
indicates that of recent years the average age of our members has be- 
come much higher and that we can continue to expect a high loss by 
death for some years to come. No one can fail to realize the importance 
of bringing in younger members in increasing numbers if we are to 
offset the higher percentage of lo<ss from our older membership. Much 
more could be said about membership, but no doubt the report of that 
Committee will cover the situation fully. 

ATTENDANCE: This is a matter which must give the utmost con- 
cern to every Royal Arch Mason. From an analysis o-f the statistical 
reports of the Grand Superintendents, it would seem that the average 
attendance at convocations of constituent Chapters is about 16% of the 
membership. Of course there is a wide variation between Chapters — 
from 5% to 30%, and one Chapter with an attendance of 50%. It seems 
also that Chapters in metropolitan areas have the smaller percentages. 
However, an average attendance throughout the jurisdiction of only 16% 
is not encouraging. Non-attending members cannot contribute much to 
the activities of their Chapters. They cannot be of much support to the 
Officers. They are not renewing and refreshening in themselves the 
teachings, the tenets and principles of the Royal Arch to carry out into 
their lives and into their communities. They cannot be expected to lend 
much support in the field of membership nor in bringing more light to 
uninformed brethren. They bring nothing of fellowship nor companion- 
ship to the Chapter convocations, and from their numbers must come 
almost all the losses by withdrawal and suspension. 

Your Committee feels that one of the most pressing problems is to 
increase attendance, and recommends that Chapters be urged to appoint 
active Attendance Committees for this purpose. It must be apparent to 
all that a greater percentage of attendance would immeasureably 
strengthen and revitalize our Chapters. 

EDUCATION: While frequent mention is made in the reports of the 



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Grand Superintendents of district meetings and lodges and chapters of 
instruction to improve the quality of the ritualistic work, almost no 
mention is made of Masonic education. Unfortunately it is not given 
to everyone to grasp the deeper significances of our ritual or to under- 
stand fully its teachings, background and symbolism. How our Com- 
panions would welcome such instruction! 

It is noticed that many Chapter convocations are held at which no 
degree work is performed. This gives a wonderful opportunity for 
addresses on Masonic subjects or discussion periods, and there must be 
many expert Royal Arch Masons ready and willing to bring such educa- 
tion and instruction. A wealth of material is available in the Grand 
Chapter Proceedings and in the Report on Fraternal Correspondence. 

FRATERNAL VISITS: Your Committee is happy to note that the 
paying of fraternal visits continues to be one of the features of convoca- 
tions. Not one of the active Chapters failed to report the attendance of 
visitors at almost every meeting. The presence of visitors not only 
increases attendance, but inspires the Officers to do better work, and 
improves the spirit of companionship. Visits by individuals, by Chapters 
and between districts should be encouraged, and it is suggested that 
during district meetings, Grand Superintendents should endeavour to 
arrange several inter-chapter visits, to the ultimate good of Royal Arch 
Masonry. 

DIVINE SERVICES: Again most of the districts report on divine 
services being held, and comment on the improved attendance. Your 
Committee is gratified to note the improvement in attendance on such 
occasions, as these are one of the few times that Royal Arch Masons 
are in the public eye, and a good attendance is essential to the reputation 
of the institution. 

WELFARE: The Welfare Committee of the two Toronto Districts 
continues to carry on its excellent work among the underprivileged and 
the hospitalized, thus putting into practice in a tangible way the tenets 
and principles taught within our guarded portals. For their devotion to 
this cause and for their tireless efforts to bring happiness into the lives 
of others they deserve our most sincere commendation. 

BENEVOLENCE: While our branch of the Masonic family is not 
called on as extensively as others, yet some 45 of our constituent chap- 
ters met the call for grants and donations in addition to the grants made 
by Grand Chapter. However there are ways other than financial in 
which benevolence is carried on, and from indications given in reports 
from various sources, our Companions have not failed in the practice of 
Masonic charity and brotherly love. 

CONCLUSION: Your Committee is of the opinion that the year 1958 
was one of progress and improvement. There has been a net increase 
in membership. The standard of excellence in ritualistic work has been 
maintained. We have been blessed with the best of leadership in Grand 
Chapter, and the Grand Superintendents speak highly of the Principals 
and Officers of constituent Chapters, paying especial tribute to the 
Scribes E. whose efficiency and faithfulness in the discharge of their 
duties have contributed so much to the continued progress and well-being 
of Capitular Masonry in this jurisdiction. 

In taking a quiet pride in our material progress, we must also 
consider if we have made equal progress in the intangible and the more 
real and important aspects of our labours. These consist of building 
character and developing a social consciousness — in the propogation of 
sound beliefs and in establishing a sure and steadfast faith in the love 
and goodness of the Most High — those attributes which are expressed 
in the quality of our lives and the worth of our actions. 

No committee can assess factually the things of the heart and the 
spirit, for these things are the unseen virtues of Hope and Faith, Truth, 
Ho,nour and Mercy, the unheralded acts of kindness, Charity and Brother- 



92 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

ly Love which influence the lives and happiness of our fellow men. Each 
Companion must look into his own heart and answer for himself, in the 
light of his own experience, whether the moral and spiritual progress 
of Royal Arch Masonry has kept pace with its material growth. 

It is the hope and prayer of your Committee that our Royal Craft, 
nurtured and tended for over a hundred years by men of great character 
and ability, may continue to grow from strength to strength, to the Glory 
of God and the service of mankind. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

J. A. KENNEDY 

N. H. WALFORD 

E. A. WEBBER 

J. A. BELL 

W. S. LAVERY 

J. W. HOGGAN 

J. A. HEARN 

A. F. TANNAHILL, Acting Chairman. 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
A. F. Tannahill, and— 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Conditions 
of Capitular Masonry be received and adopted. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE 

To The Most Excellent, The Grand Z., Officers and Companions of The 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

The committee on Finance submits the following report for the year 
ending February 28, 1959. 

The reports of the Grand Treasurer, the Auditor and the Grand 
Scribe E. for the year ending February 28, 1959, have been reviewed 
by the members of this committee, and these reports are now being 
submitted to this Grand body for consideration. 

We find these reports fully and accurately set out details and 
transactions pertaining to the financial position of this Grand Chapter 
for the fiscal year. All items of receipts and disbursements in respect 
to the general fund, the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, the Life 
Membership Fund and Chapters' Life Membership Fund are properly 
detailed, and these reports contain complete schedules of the securities 
in which these funds are now invested. 

Exhibit "A" is a balance sheet showing all assets and liabilities of 
the Grand Chapter. It includes the funds which are entrusted to, and 
over which the Grand Chapter has control. 

Your Finance Committee has, for several years, drawn to the atten- 
tion of this Grand Chapter the increasing amounts owing to Grand 
Chapter by the constituent chapters. It is quite evident that this has 
become a trend and requires earnest attention. The respective years 
1956, 1957 and 1958 showed the following amounts owing from constituent 
chapters: $530, $499, $624; and in 1959, $955. We have studied the 
reports on the condition of capitular Masonry to get a lead on the reason 
for this trend, and one of the factors would appear to be the arrears of 
dues in the constituent chapters. We feel then we must urge the con- 
stituent chapters to take action to see that their remittances are made 
more promptly. 

There is an amount of $599.77 due from the Life Membership Fund 
and your Finance Committee recommends for your approval that this 
amount be transferred to the General Fund. 

Among the liabilities you will note that there is an unexpended 
reserve of $571.57 for Masonic education. While we estimate we will 
require $125 for Masonic education during 1959, we are not including 
it in our estimate, since there is sufficient set up in this reserve. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 93 

The details of the receipts and expenditures of the Victory Thanks- 
giving Benevolent Fund, the Life Membership Fund and the Chapters' 
Life Membership Fund are set out in schedules 1, 2 and 3. You will note 
that the income account of the Victory Thanksgiving Fund has increased 
by $413.79, composed of donations of $61.20 and unspent accrued interest 
of $352.59. 

The comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account marked Exhibit 
"B" indicates that our revenue of $36,336.15 was insufficient to meet our 
expenditures of $43,977.03 — resulting in a net deficit of $7,640.88. We 
did, however, budget for a deficit of $5,172.40 in our General Fund and 
$5,350.81 in our Centennial Fund, making a total budget deficit of $10,- 
523.21. We are pleased to report that our deficit was $2,882.23 less than 
budgeted. 

Our securities have been examined and certified by our auditor. 
They are held in the place and custody authorized by Grand Chapter. 
The par value covering all securities is $156,700 which is a drop of $17,000 
from last year. 

The office assistant to our Grand Scribe E. has given good and 
faithful service and having in mind secretarial salaries and adequate 
compensation, this committee recommends that her salary be increased 
from $3,120 to $3,240 per yer. 

Office expenses connected with our Centennial Year caused our Mis- 
cellaneous Account to be overexpended by $455.52, but we are budgeting 
our miscellaneous expenses $350.00 lower for 1959. 

While the Printing Committee found it necessary to overexpend 
their budget for printing the proceedings by $312.52, the General Print- 
ing Account was under expended by $44.72. We are budgeting for $1,700 
and $600 respectively for 1959, a reduction of $712.00. 

Our Grand Z. is again to be congratulated for the tremendous amount 
of personal time and effort that he has contributed, in continuing to 
visit the districts of the jurisdiction on behalf of Royal Arch Masonry. 
Since our Grand Z. for 1959 is located some 125 miles from Toronto and 
demands of the office require that he make frequent visits to Toronto, 
we recommend for your approval that the budget be increased again 
from $1,500 to $2,000. The General Expense will, however, remain at 
$800 the same as expended last year. 

Our auditor continues to make an excellent contribution to Grand 
Chapter by providing quarterly audits. However, the increasing co-sts 
are such that we are recommending that the audit fee be increased from 
$400 to $500. 

The costs of our Annual Convocation will now be reduced to a more 
normal amount, but since there has been some increase in costs during 
the past two years we are budgeting an amount of $3,500 which is $300 
over 1957. 

The expense of the Executive Committee is being budgeted at $1,800 
the same as for the year 1957 — a reduction of $556 from 1958. 

We would also point out that, due to circumstances beyond our 
control, the printing of the History of Grand Chapter was not completed 
during 1958, and we now find that we will require an expenditure of an 
additional $1,000 before it can be completed. We are confident, how- 
ever, that we will receive sufficient income from the sale of the History 
to offset all the expenses and printing costs. 

Our budget this year includes $350 each for a regalia for the in- 
coming Grand Z and the replacement of regalia for the Grand H, as well 
as a $350 testimonial for the Immediate Past Grand Z. 

The following is our estimate of Revenue and Expenditures for the 
year ending February 28, 1960: 



94 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES 
For Fiscal Year Ending February 28, 1960 

REVENUE 

Registration Fees $ 2,800.00 

Dues per Capita 16,300.00 

Life Membership Dues 2,550.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 150.00 

Interest on Investment and Funds on Deposit 2,692.00 

Receipts from Sale of Supplies $2,200.00 

Sale of History of Grand Chapter 2,000.00 

4,200.00 

$28,692.00 

EXPENDITURES 

Grand Scribe E. Compensation $ 4,800.00 

Secretarial 3,240.00 

Telephone, Postage and Miscellaneous 800.00 

Rent 1,380.00 

Foreign Correspondence 300.00 

Printing Proceedings $1,700.00 

Printing Supplies for Sale to Constituent Chapters 2,200.00 

Printing General 600.00 

Printing History of Grand Chapter 1,000.00 

5,500.00 

Travelling— Grand Z $2,000.00 

General Expense 800.00 

2,800.00 

Audit Fee 500.00 

Expense of Convocation $3,500.00 

Executive Committee 1,800.00 

5,300.00 

Education 

Jewels and Engraving $600.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 

Grant to Canadian Masonic Research Association ... 50.00 

Chapter Life Membership Fund 2.00 

Liability Insurance 1,328.18 

2,105.18 

Regalia for Grand H 350.00 

Regalia for Grand Z 350.00 

Testimonial to Retiring Grand Z 350.00 

1,050.00 

$27,775.18 
Estimated Net Surplus $ 916.82 

Your Committee would again like to express our appreciation to the 
Grand Scribe E. who has given good and faithful service in the manage- 
ment of the Financial Operations of Grand Chapter. 

All of this is fraternally and respectively submitted on behalf of 
the Committee. 

J. E. GIRVEN, 
Chairman Finance Committee. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. E. Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Finance be received 
and adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO. 1959 95 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE 
FRATERNAL DEAD 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Memory was designed by the Great Architect of the Universe to be 
the servant of joy. Through this selective ability we may acquire pictures 
of life's beauty; the satisfactions of experience; the goodness in people, 
and the warmth and glow of human friendships. 

The journey of each day is an outgoing to gather lasting pictures 
along the pilgrim path of time. Life consistently regales us with an in- 
finite variety of memorable events. These bring enrichment to our lives 
and evoke our appreciation, framed in words of genuine gratitude. 

Especially are we aware of this unique function of memory in the 
assembly of this One Hundred and First Convocation of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada. For at this time we recall with a vivid sense of 
privilege those of our Companions who, since we last convened in our 
Annual Convocation, have crossed the Great Divide. They have responded 
to the call of the Divine Creator, to write their names in the Celestial 
Register and take their fitting place on the dias of the Grand Chapter 
above. 

Today we cherish the memory of these Companions who were once 
an integral part of our fellowship in the great crusade of purposeful 
living. We recall them as being Companions whose stature in character 
was high, whose quality of Hie was commendable, and, who despite 
adverse circumstances, remained steadfast in their Masonic faith. 

We recall them as being Companions obsessed with a true sense of 
a mission to be fulfilled. They were convinced that through their life and 
work, however insignificant and ordinary such appeared to be, they were 
being used by the Most High to further His designs and purposes in the 
world of His creation. 

In the diversity of their personalities and talents it was demon- 
strated in their outward acts and attitudes that the Grand Geometrician 
of the Universe is able to meet all aspects of His Divine purpose through 
those who are willing to make a full commitment to Him. 

They need no other appraisal than the "Well done" of the Master of 
the Quarry for presenting work fit for the Noble Temple of Life. Their's 
was a sense of stewardship that is so aptly expressed in the following 
lines of an unknown author: 

If I have strength, I owe the service of the strong; 
If melody I have, I owe the world a song; 
If I can stand when all around my post are falling, 
If I can run with speed when needy hearts are calling, 
And if my torch can light the dark of any night 
Then I must pay the debt I owe with living light. 
For any gift God gives to me I cannot pay, 
Gifts are most mine when I most give them all away; 
God's gifts are like His flowers which show their right to stay 
By giving all their bloom and fragrance away; 
Riches are not in gold, nor land estates, nor marts, 
The only wealth worth having is found in human hearts. 
Xow that our Companions have gone from us and before us, it is 
right for us to beMeve that they continue in their concern for the tides of 
the battle in the continuous combat being waged to make Goodness, 
Truth. Beauty and Brotherhood victorious. 

One of our strongest incentives, then, for doing our best is to believe 
that our departed Companions still have an undiminished interest in us. 
Believing thus, we shall feel the undergirding of this "Great Cloud of 



96 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Unseen Witnesses," and shall be protected against apathy in well-doing 
and exemplary living. 

As we call to remembrance those Companions who "rest from their 
earthly labors" we are prompted to reaffirm our belief in the reality of 
the Kingdom of Immortality into which they have entered and where 
they abide oar advent. 

In measured and memorable words Plato, the brilliant pupil of 
Socrates, has given expression to the secret of belief in immortality in 
this manner: 

"When speaking of divine perfection we signify that God is just and 
true and loving, the Author of order, not disorder; of good, not evil. We 
signify the very progress of which we were speaking; and that wherever 
these qualities exist, whether in the human soul or in the order of nature, 
there God exists." 

"We might well see Him everywhere, if we had not been mistakingly 
seeking for Him apart from us, instead of in us; away from the laws of 
nature, instead of in them And we come united, not by physical absorp- 
tion but by partaking of that truth and justice and love which He Himself 
is." 

"Therefore the belief in immortality depends finally upon the belief 
in God. If there exists a good and wise God, then there also exists a pro- 
gress of mankind towards perfection; and if there be no progress of men 
toward perfection, then there cannot be a good and wise God. We cannot 
suppose that God's moral government, the beginnings of which we can 
see in the world and in ourselves, will cease when we leave this life." 

The faith of religion has always said, as the poet Longfellow so well 
expressed it: 

Thou wilt not leave us in the dust: 
Thou madest man, he knows not why, 
He thinks he was not made to die; 
And Thou hast made him; Thou art just. 
Bishop McConnell used to tell how, as a boy, he was fascinated by a 
book in his father's library. It was filled with pictures of old dinosaurs 
and monstrous reptiles that roamed the earth centuries ago. And he won- 
dered whatever became of them. Then came the day when Bishop Mc- 
Connell went to college and there learned: the climate changed. 

This is what our faith in God does to death. It changes the climate 
from despair to hope. It gives us the certainty that if a man dies he does 
indeed live again. It holds out to us the assurance that once past the last 
bend in the journey of this mortal life we shall be reunited with those 
"Lost long since, and lost awhile," to share with them the joy and felicity 
of immortal living in the presence of the Eternal God and Father of our 
Spirits. 

This long cherished hope is set forth in a meaningful and eloquent 
manner by Mary Frances Butts in her poem, "Guest of God": 
From the dust of the weary highway — 
From the smart of sorrow's rod, 
Into the royal presence — 
They are bidden guests of God. 
The veil from their eyes is taken, 
Sweet mysteries they are shown, 
Their doubts and fears are over 
For they know as they are known. 

For them there should be rejoicing 
And festival array, 
As for the bride in her beauty 
Whom love hath taken away — 
Sweet hours of peaceful waiting 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 97 

Till the path that we have trod 
Shall end at the Father's gateway, 
And we arc the guests of God. 
Until that day we shall continue to remember with thanksgiving the 
Companions of our great Fraternity who have gone on before. 

Respectfully and Fraternally submitted on behalf of the Committee. 

G. 0. Smith, 
E. J. Barrowclough, 
J. R. Howie, 
I. Caldwell, 

Rev. H. W. Pointen, Vice-Chairman. 
G. A. Phillips, Chairman. 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
G. A. Philips, and — 

Resolved — That the Report of the Committee on the Fraternal Dead 
be received. 

The following Companions of Grand Chapter Rank passed to their 
reward during the year 1958: 

Chapter: 

1, 8, 16, 34, 62, 71, 75, 77, 119, 132, 138, 140, 145, 212, 218, 231, 232, 246, 
250— M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor. 
5. V. Ex. Comp. H. E. Abell, V. Ex. Comp. J. A. Acheson. 
16. R. Ex. Comps. W. J. Neville, W. E. Gowling. 

23. R. Ex. Comp. H. A. Johnson. 

24. V. Ex. Comp. F. C. Ward. 
29. R. Ex. Comp. T. Camelford. 
41. V. Ex. Comp. H. T. Bower. 

54. V. Ex. Comp. W. C. Forbes, R. Ex. Comp. J. Oswald. 
62. V. Ex. Comp. L. F. Riggs. 
72. R. Ex. Comp. T. W. Solmes. 

75. R. Ex. Comp. W. T. Barnard. 

76. V. Ex. Comp. J. E. Brant. 

77. V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newoick. 

79. V. Ex. Comp. W. Scott. 

80. R. Ex. Comp. J. B. Henderson. 

82. V. Ex. Comps. A. V. Bliss, H. B. Hardy, R. Ex. Comp. R. Routly. 

95. R. Ex. Comp. C. B. Deeks. 
114. R. Ex. Comp. J. P. Morrison. 
131. R. Ex. Comp. W. E. M. McLaren 
149. R. Ex. Comp. H. G. Hughes. 
167 & 34. R. Ex. Comp. J. M. H. McGuire. 
175. R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Shaw. 
210. V. Ex. Comp. J. E. Kyle. 
222. R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Gowling. 
227. R. Ex. Comp. H. J. Clarke. 
245. R. Ex. Comp. M. H. Smith. 
250. R. Ex. Comp. J. B. Henderson. 
255. R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Young. 

To our Sister Jurisdictions in Canada, the British Commonwealth of 
Nations and the United States of America we extend our sincere sym- 
pathy for the loss of their distinguished Companions. 

Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of England — 
Ex. Comp. Sir Sydney White, K.C.V.O., Grand Scribe E. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta — 
M. Ex. Comp. Frederick S. Watson, G.Z. 1916-1917. 
M. Ex. Comp. Joseph V. Follett, G.Z. 1932-1933. 
M. Ex. Comp. Everett G. Ellerton, G.Z. 1943-1944. 



98 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia — 
M. Ex. Comp. Donald Adams, G.Z. 1928-1929. 
M. Ex. Comp. Andrew Coutts, G.Z. 1952-1953. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Alabama — 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles 0. Rolfe, G.H.P. 1931. 

M. Ex. Comp. Siddons Stollenwerck, G.H.P. 1926. 

M. Ex. Comp. Roscoe O. Fleming, G.H.P. 1938. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Arkansas— 

M. Ex. Comp. Jake W. Thrailkill, G.H.P. 1951-1952. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of California — 
M. Ex. Comp. Roy J. Sheldon, G.H.P. 1946-1947. 

Grand Chapter of the Roval Arch Masons of the District of Columbia — 
M. Ex. Comp. Robert B. Doing, G.H.P. 1943. 

Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Georgia — 

M. Ex. Comp. Bartis E. Goodman, G.H.P. 1945-46. 
M. Ex. Comp. John W. Ball, Jr., G.H.P. 1951-1952. 
M. Ex. Comp. Lyndon S. Patterson, G.H.P. 1958. 

Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of the State of Indiana — 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles C. Thomas, Grand Secretary 1939-1948. 
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois— 

M. Ex. Comp. William H. Stevens, G.H.P. 1953-1954. 
The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Louisiana — 

M. Ex. Comp. Henry W. Palfrey, G.H.P. 1926. 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Michigan — 

M. Ex. Comp. Robert H. Hunt, G.H.P. 1916-1917. 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Montana — 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred M. Brown ; G.H.P. 1946-1947. 
The Grand Chapter, Roval Arch Masons of Nebraska — 

M. Ex. Comp. Roy S. Planck, G.H.P. 1950-1951. 
Grand Chapter, Roval Arch Masons of Nevada — - 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter A. Sutton. G.H.P. 1952-1953. 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, State of New Hampshire — 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles F. Waterman, G.H.P. 1941. 
The Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal Arch Masons — 

M. Ex. Comp. Earl C. McCulloch, G.H.P. 1944 
Grand Chapter of Roval Arch Masons of the State of Ohio — 

M. Ex. Comp. Burleigh E. Cartmell, G.H.P. 1937-1938. 
The Grard Chapter of Roval Arch Masons of Oregon — 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Davis, G.H.P. 1907-1908. 

M. Ex. Comp. H. Wayne Stanard, G.H.P. 1924. 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of South Dakota — 

M. Ex. Comp. Martin G. Carlisle, G.H.P. 19C0. 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Tennessee — 

M. Ex. Comp. Lucien C. Connell, G.H.P. 1952. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia — 

M. Ex. Comp. James N. Hillman, G.H.P. and Grand Secretary Emeri- 
tus. 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of West Virginia — 

M. Ex. Comp. Robert S. Lemon, P.G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Wisconsin — 

M. Ex. Comp. Howard W. Morris, G.H.P. 1955. 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Wyoming — 

M. Ex. Comp. Edward J. Treglown, G.H.P. 1953-4, Grand Secretary 
1954-1958. 



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DEATHS— 1958 
No. 1— G. Ankers, G. Bowden, 0. J. Cherry, L. C. Lockett, P. A. Mc- 
Ewen, W. M. Moore, F. H. Pury, H. V. Redden, J. A. M. Redden, J. A. M. 
Taylor. H. M. Wilder. No. 2^J. D. Bishop, R. W. Cunningham, B. E. 
Evans, A. O. Griffith, H. Hahnan, J. Leckie, J. Milton, W. E. Secord, R. G. 
Seymour, L. N. Woodward. No. 3— S. G. Elliott, J. Smith. No. 4— C. D. 
Brown, R. J. Bulman, F. S. Hillock, A. W. Joliffe. No. 5— H. E. Abell, J. 
A. Atcheson, C. J. Condon, S. A. Henry, W. P. Mitchell, O. Reid, E. N. 
Stanfield, W. H. Walsh, R. Wright. No. 6— J. Young. No. 7— A. Colcutt, 
II . W. Dillnutt, R. A. Kemp, K. E. Knudsen, W. H. Moorman. No. 8— L. H. 
Brown, F. G. Holliday, H. Home, F. W. Sims. No. 15— J. E. Burge, C. E. 
Livingston, T. H. Milsom, T. Moore, W. R. Wade. No. 16— S. R. Allen, R. 
L. Anderson, J. A. Atchie. J. Barlow, R. Baxter, S. B. Cohen, M. Davis, W. 
E. Gowling, W. D. Low, G. P. McClinton, W. R. McPhee, J. K. Neil, W. J. 
Xeville, M. Rosenthal, J. A. M. Taylor. No. 18— K. W. Harvey, M. W. 
Reid, W. J. Sutherland. No. 19— M. Cressman, W. D. Hannah, N. M. 
Marshall, N. C. Pracey. No. 20- -C. D. McDonald, J. L. Dixon, J. I. Miller, 
C. Page. No. 22— M R. Barnard, A. C. Casselman, R. B. Henderson. No. 
23— H. A. Johnson, W. P. Kemp, L. E. Wedd. No. 24— G N. Blum, F. 
Bradley, J. Gourlay, R. J. Hyde, A. E. Long, F. C. Ward. No. 26— L. M. 
Coutts, W. B. McClung, C. K. Orser, J. A. Raymond. No. 27— T. E. Haw- 
kins, C. P. Manning, J. D. Montgomery, A. Wilson. No. 28 — N. H. Ashley, 
T. S. Davidson, E. J. Dickinson, L. M. Germond, R. N. Johns, J. L. Lovell. 
No. 29— T. Camelford, J. W. Chambers, C, M. Stein. No. 30— D. W. Green, 
W. E. Alcock, J. A. Graham. No. 31— A. W. Manlow. No. 32— W. L. Mc- 
Gill, S. Taylor, J. S. Webster. No. 34— C. W. Edwards, J. H. M. McGuire, 
I. McLachlan, J. W. Munro, J. A. M. Taylor, L. 0. Vair. No. 35— J. S. 
Jephson. No. 36— B. Duder, 0. W. Hurrie, R. Starr, A. G. Stock, C. B. 
Waite, F. C. Walker. No. 37— W. J. B. Davison, G. I. Gould, E. J. Pratt. 
No. 40— R. Donellan, H. Robinson. No. 41— W. H. Bearss, H. F. Bower, 

E. E. Buck, E. C. Fugard. N. E. McCarthy. No. 44— S. Emsley, W. A. 
Grange, P. N. Laidley. No. 45— F. J. Wolfram. No. 47— G. Garen, W. 
Stead, F. E. Trurrpour. No. 48— D. H. Cooly. No. 53— L. B. Eastman, W. 
H. Rolston. No. 54— F. S. Arnum, R. Brebner, W. M. Ferris, W. C. Forbes, 
C. C. Minor, J. Oswald, J. A. Quick, A. J. Wilson. No. 55— C. S. Herring, 
L. S. Quinn. No. 56— D. Mackay, G. Manjaris, W. Sherriff. No. 57— W. H. 
Burgess, G. Pringle. No. 59 — H. S. Brown, J. E. Hone, H. N. Jenkinson, B. 
J. Lawson, C. W. Scace, J. B. Shaw. No. 61— T. C. Erskine, G. Gourlay, 
J. L. McMullen, T. L. Morton. No. 62— G. S. Henry, J. McL. McFeat, J. A. 
M. Taylor. No. 64— C. S. Braven, C. McC. Carmichael, E. H. Darby, F. B. 
Kenney, C. A. McNeil, A. Pender, W. Ross, D. S. Scrymgeour. No. 65 — 
C. H. Bower, L. F. Riggs. No. 66— A. R. Campbell, T. Pryde, M. A. Reid. 
No. 67— W. C. Chambers. No. 68— J. A. Magee. No. 69— L. E. Monck. 
No. 71— W. C. Anderson, E. J. Hicks, R. E. Middleton, J. A. M. Taylor. 
No. 72— E. Bell, H. G. Carleton, R. A. Elliott, G. H. Ferguson, F. M. Gar- 
rison, J. Gay, J. 0. Herity, R. A. Hermiston, J. B. Lowery, J. A. McDonald, 
J. S. Marshall, T. W. Solmes. R. A. Sutcliffe, F. E. B. Yeats. No. 73— R. 
W. Clark, F. Mayhue. No. 74— A, P. Malone, M. C. Morgan, L. L. Shipley. 
No. 75— C. G. Grant, J. A. M. Taylor. No. 76— G. Bradley, J. E. Brant, R. 
A. Chambers, D. R. D. Low, F. W. Morcom, H. C. Pattison, R. Riggs. No. 
77— J. P. Gee, J. A. Gravelev, F. Hopkinson, S. G. Newdick, S. A. W. Park, 

F. Parker, A. W. Sturdy, J. A. M. Taylor, J. H. Wood. No. 79— W. J. 
Struth, W. Scott No. 80— H. Freebairn, A. Hall, J. B. Henderson, C. H. 
Henze, R. C. Morrice, A, J. Wilkinson, R. Young. No. 81 — A. Baxter, A. G. 
Carson, 6. Hardy, R. D. McEwen. No. 82— A. A. Anderson, H. H. Barton, 



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A. V. F. Bliss, S. Bradford, D. Duncan, J. Fidler, D. B. Fraser, H. B. 
Hardy, R. Routly, J. Singleton. No. 83— H. S. Marshall, B. L. Henderson. 
No. 84— H. F. McGee, A. M. Crawford. No. 90— J. Lunny, A. Nelson, H. 
Butler, L. E. Tisdale, N. R. Wickstrom. No. 91— F. C. Becker, F. C. Dann, 
D. M. Davidson, R. J. Draper, W. Foster, A. W. Miles, Jr., J. A. Mont- 
gomery, W. Reid, G. St. Leger, D. F. Sykes, A. S. Taylor, F. Watson, F. 
H. Wehrley. No. 94— B. Bateson. No. 95— W. J. Burgess, C. B. Deeks, C. 
A, Durkee, J. M. Rothschild. No. 102— E. Bradley, E. G. Foster, A. Grant, 
D. W. Green, H. E. Johnson, J. McLean, E. D. Mills, J. Shewfelt. No. 103— 
J. Yorkston, H. A. McEwen. No. 104— G. C. Gibson, N. McKee. No. 113— 
R. M. Baxter, M. Buchner, J. Daye, A. Gee, W. C. Moore, A. Nicol, S. 
Smith, C. R. Spafford. No. 114— A. McNab, J. P. Morrison, T. Lodge, H. 
V. Hohs. No. 115— R. Anderson, W. H. Garner, C. K. Luke, W. A. W. 
Woolner, No. 116— S. Neelin, M. G. Poynter. No. 117— C. H. Weber. 
No. 119— J. R. L. Eede, F. Paterson, J. H. Rham, H. Russels, J. A. M. 
Taylor, E. L. Weeks, W. F. Woollven. No. 130— V. McLellan, T. Taylor. 
No. 131— J. E. Grassett, W. E. MacLaren, F. Smith. No. 132— J. A. 
Bulloch, S. L. McGranaghan, G. Webb. No. 133— C. M. McLeod, H. D. 
Moffatt, T. J. Porter, H. E. Smith, E. J. Wiltsie. No. 134— R. A. Muir. 
No. 135— W, Akney, J. L. Birnie, R. Currah, C. H. Dalton. No. 138— S. A. 
Ash, Jr., R. S. Burt, H. J. Humphrey, I. Marshall, J. L. Rumble, C. H. A. 
Swanston, J. A. M. Taylor. No. 140— W. H. Green, C. Hebden, J. A. M. 
Taylor, A. Wilson. No. 145— E. W. Dunn, T. E. Forbear, A. E. H. Grupe, 
J. R. Harper, A. W. Harris, P. H. Hickson, W. J. Hill, W. J. Hillier, R. S. 
LaRose, G. Longbottom, J. Powley, A. J. Purse, R. M. Reid, D. B. Ross, 

C. D. Seymour. F. Scott, W. B. Srigley, J. A. M. Taylor. No. 147— D. J. 
McCharles, G. MacDonald. No. 149— S. Moe, W. A. Lockhart, W. Gibbs, 
H. J. Hughes. No. 150— W. Bell, E, A. Dewar, T. W. Drake, J. B. Grieves, 
J. R. Masterson, A. J. Smith, F. A. Taylor. No. 152— V. H. Morden. No. 
153— G. E. Burrows. No. 155— A. Hendry, R M. Smith. No. 161— J. Mor- 
rison. No. 163— S. M. Muir. No. 164— R. Lemon. No. 167— A. Beatty, W. T. 
Brown, E. F. Burke, J. M. H. McGuire, G. Ross. No. 168— G. W. Buchanan, 
J. Hoffman. No. 169— H. W. Sutcliffe, E. G. Tapping, J. S. Weir. No. 175 
—J. E. Brown, L. W. Gay, A. D'l. Lumsden, W. J. Robertson, W. J. Shaw, 
L. E. Wedd, G. W. Wigle. No. 184— W. Bown, J. Goulding, W. A. Hay, B. 
F. Warden. No. 195— W. C, Giffen. No. 198— J. D. Clark, P. A. Ellis, R. J. 
Green, J. A. Hutchison, B. R. Minns, D. T. Taylor. No. 210— W. Brown, 

J. E. Kyle. No. 212— M. Solomon, J. A. M. Taylor. No. 213— J. T. Jaeger. 
No. 215— A. E. Shelley. No. 217— J. Armstrong, S. E. Earle. No. 218— 
T. I. Edwards, J. A. M. Taylor. No. 219— J. D. Glen, H. J. Slocombe, W. A. 
Summerville. No. 220- -C. J. Merritt, F. Peters, R. M. Pickett. No. 222— 
W. S. Carson, A. T. Delahaye, E. R. Eastman, J. McL. Gillmour, W. E. 
Gowling, E. Grand, C. L. Hall, J. Henderson, R. E. Isbister, F. McRae, E. 
A. Olver, J. C. Reilly. No. 224— G. E. Gaylord, J. Humphrey, E. N. Patter- 
son, F. C. Rilett. No. 227— S. Carther, H. J. Clarke, E. W. Cooley, F. W. 
Frost, H. C. Harns, A. S. Kerr, M. McGhee, C. I. White. No. 230— L. G. 
Brayley, A. C. Foster, H. U. Hare, E. S. McNeice, R. M. Pickett, W. H. 
Thomson. No. 231— W. Collins, J. S. Dew, H. B. Lloyd, T. J. Pope, J. A. M. 
Taylor, S. Whitehead. No. 232— E. Cleves, B. Sproule, J. A. M. Taylor, 
A. C. Thomson, H. E. Watt. No. 234— G. H. Milne, W. Rigg. No. 238— H. 
Cooper, A. W. Forrester, L. C. L. Morgan, W. F. Ruskey. No. 241— J. H. 
Hawes. No. 242— D. Mclntyre. No. 243—1. S. Jacobs. No. 245— A. Klaasen, 
M. H. Smith. No. 246— C. H. Kellam, E. Lush, J. A. M. Taylor. No. 247— 
M. J. Ayers, I. McLean. No. 249— D. J. Chambers. No. 250— H. Abraham, 
J. B. Henderson, R. A. R. McKibbon, F. Millar, J. A. Shaw, J. A. M. 
Taylor. No. 251— S. Davis, T. Forsyth, R. J. Henry. No. 252— H. L. Foster, 

D. J. Handy, J. Vernon. H. E. Waite. No. 253— A. E. Borland. No. 254— 
W. H. Green, R. Routlv. No. 255— L. W. Young. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO. L959 



101 




JOHN ALEXANDER MACDONALD TAYLOR 

HORNBY - ONTARIO 

Most Excellent Grand Z. 

1953-4 

Born: February 26th, 1887 Died: May 19th, 1958 



102 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Jtt iJfomaram 

John Alexander Macdonald Taylor 

Past Grand First Principal Z 

On May 19, 1958, a few days after the close of the One Hundredth 
Anniversary of Grand Chapter, our Masonic family was plunged into 
grief by the passing of our highly esteemed and beloved Most Excellent 
Companion John Alexander Macdonald Taylor, who served as our Grand 
Z. for the years 1953-1954. He graced the office in a firm, genial and 
friendly manner, always willing to assist and give advice to Chapters and 
Companions, and with them he left a warm and lasting impression of his 
sincerity in Masonry. 

He was born February 26, 1887. at Jones Falls, Leeds County, On- 
tario, and received his early education at Latimer, Frontenac County, and 
High School at Sydenham, followed by a business administration course 
at Kingston Business College and a salesmanship course at Sheldon 
Business Institute in 1906. For the next eleven years he was engaged with 
wholesale tool firms, nine years in Montreal, and he was then transferred 
to Toronto. 

In 1918 he formed his own Company, the J. A. M. Taylor Tool Com- 
pany, Limited, acting as President and the members of his family being 
Directors. He enjoyed a very successful business, with offices and fac- 
tories in Toronto and Gait, and a branch in Montreal. 

His Masonic career began in 1917. Initiated, Passed and Raised in 
Georgina Lodge, No. 343, A.F. & A.M., Toronto, a Charter Member of Bay 
of Quinte Lodge, No. 620, Toronto, in 1923; Worshipful Master 1932, 
became District Deputy Grand Master of Toronto District B 1936-1937. 
Exalted in Shekinah Chapter, No. 138, Toronto, in 1918, affiliated in King 
Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, Toronto, in 1938 and First Principal 1944. He 
was made Honourary Companion of some nineteen Chapters during his 
lifetime. In 1946 he was elected as Grand Scribe N., 1947 and 1948 elected 
to the Grand Executive Committee, elected Grand J. 1949-1950; Grand H. 
1951-1952; Grand First Principal Z. 1953-1954. He was the Grand Repre- 
sentative for the Grand Chapter of Quebec, near the Grand Chapter of 
R.A.M. of Canada. He was an Honourary Past President of the Order of 
High Priesthood of Ontario. He was a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason, a 
member of Cyrene Preceptory No. 29, Toronto, a member of Rameses 
Temple A.A.O.N.M.S.; a Past Grand Master of the Grand Council, Royal 
and Select Masters of Ontario; Past Grand Commander Noah, Royal Ark 
Mariners of Ontario, Past Most Puissant Sovereign Holy Land Conclave, 
No. 3, Toronto; Past Grand Sovereign of the Masonic and Military Orders 
of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and Knights of St. John the Evangelist, 
and a Knight Grand Cross of that Order. He was also a member of the 
Canadian Masonic Research Association. He will always be remembered 
for the splendid contribution he made to all fields of Masonic endeavour. 

He was a much loved and respected Husband and Father. 

F. J. J. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION-. TORONTO, 1959 103 

GRAND CHAPTER "CALLED OFF" 

Grand Chapter wis "Called Off" at 4.30 o'clock p.m. to permit the 
Delegates to select their Grand Superintendents and elect the Officers of 
Grand Chapter for the ensuing year and the next place of meeting. 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 1959 
Grand Chapter was "Called On" at 9. -SO o'clock a.m. 

ELECTION REPORT 

V. Ex. Comp. J. A. Prince, Chairman, and V. Ex. Comp. S. Solley, 
Vice-Chairman, presented the results of the Election as follows: 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand Z. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand H. 

R. Ex. Comp. Frazer Hay Grand J. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Alex. Campbell Grand Chaplain 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Leonard Dowdell Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. David A. McDonald Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. J. Edwin Evans Grand Registrar 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Elected 
R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, 581 Weller St., Peterborough, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Tannahill, Apt. 104—780 Eglinton Ave. W., To- 
ronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert, 1 Lincoln Ave., Gait, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George A. Phillips Jr., 39 Daniel St., Smiths Falls, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, 410 Eden Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 
The nominations for Grand Superintendents were submitted to the 
Most Excellent the Grand Z., who was pleased to approve, and the follow- 
ing selections were confirmed: 

St. Clair District No. 1 R. Ex. Comp. Earl K. Rupert, 

1033 James St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

London District No. 2 R. Ex. Comp. Robert A. Hamilton, 

Box 293, 203 North Arthur St., Point Edward, Ont. 

Wilson District No. 3 R. Ex. Comp. Albert E. Thurlow 

510 Henry St., Woodstock, Ont. 

Wellington District No. 4 R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Forrester, 

22 Wright Ave., Gait, Ont. 

Hamilton District No. 5 R. Ex. Comp. Donald S. Stephens, 

35 Whitton Rd., Hamilton, Ont. 

Huron District No. 6 R. Ex. Comp. James A. Boyle, 

Box 146, Lucknow, Ont. 

Niagara District No. 7 R. Ex. Comp. Donald Winn, 

72 Elm St., Port Colborne, Ont. 

Toronto East No. 8 R. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. D. Welham, 

60 Stewart Smith Drive., Toronto 15, Ont. 
Toronto West No. 8a R. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Nisbet, Jr., 

17 Sturton Rd., Weston, Ont. 
Georgian District No. 9 R. Ex. Comp. Burnett C. Lamble, 

133 Matchedash St. N., Orillia, Ont. 
Ontario District No. 10 R. Ex. Comp. Thomas H. Burgis, 

48 Ranney St. N., Campbellford, Ont. 

Prince Edward District Xo. 11 R. Ex. Comp. Thomas C. Lloyd, 

Bannockburn, Ont. 
St. Lawrence District No. 12 R. Ex. Comp. John C. Sim, 

Box 17, Middle St. Cardinal, Ont. 



104 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Ottawa District No. 13 R. Ex. Comp. John Sinclair, 

177 Dahlia St., Ottawa, Ont. 

Algoma District No. 14 R. Ex. Comp. John A. Cox, 

45 St. Charles St., Dryden, Ont. 

New Ontario District No. 15 R. Ex. Comp. William McKee, 

19 Churchill St., Creighton Mine, Ont. 

Temiskaming District No. 16 R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Pinegar, 

74 First St., Box 234, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

NEXT PLACE OF MEETING 

The One Hundred and Second Annual Convocation will be held in the 
City of Toronto, Ontario, on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12 and 13, 
1960, commencing at ten o'clock in the forenoon as per Section 20 of the 
Constitution. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MEMBERSHIP 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 

of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Membership is delighted to report another in- 
crease in membership for the year 1958. The net increase of 138 is 82 
more than the net increase of 56 last year and is the first gain over the 
previous year which we have experienced since 1953. 

This appears to be a reversal of the downward trend which has 
troubled Grand Chapter for several years, and let us hope that it marks 
the commencement of a new period of growth in strength and numbers. 
For this happy state of affairs we must pay tribute to the efforts of the 
Grand Superintendents who have laboured among the Chapters, to the 
Grand First Principal and Grand Chapter Officers who have carried the 
message of membership throughout the jurisdiction, to those active 
Chapter Membership Committees which have given leadership and direc- 
tion to the work, and to the Companions who have answered the call and 
heeded their responsibility to "bring light and knowledge to uninformed 
brethren." 

In order that our Companions may understand the present situation 
and know the factors which affect membership, the following statistical 
report covering the past ten years has been prepared: 

TEN YEAR ANALYSIS OF MEMBERSHIP RECORDS 





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441 


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1950 


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100 


58 


1,345 


199 


112 


455 


766 


579 


20,649 


1951 


1,047 


81 


38 


1,166 


171 


184 


502 


857 


309 


20,958 


1952 


1,051 


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34 


1,185 


189 


197 


463 


849 


336 


21,294 


1953 


1,139 


75 


46 


1,260 


214 


169 


400 


783 


477 


21,771 


1954 


1,045 


86 


34 


1,165 


234 


151 


453 


838 


327 


22,098 


1955 


952 


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31 


1,038 


175 


188 


475 


838 


200 


22,298 


1956 


943 


73 


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1,038 


223 


182 


497 


902 


136 


22,434 


1957 


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In analyzing the record of 1958, your Committee finds that 12 Dis- 
tricts showed a net gain in membership of 189, while 6 Districts showed a 
net loss of 51. 

While statistics may be uninspiring, yet it is urged that very Com- 
panion study the above table, for therein will be revealed our strength 
and our weaknesses, where improvement can be made and where im- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 Im- 

provement must be made if we are to maintain and increase our member- 
ship. The following comments are offered in the hope that the factors 
affecting our numerical growth will be appreciated. 

DEATHS 

The one thing over which we have no control is the loss of member- 
ship by death. That is in the hands of a Higher Power. All we can do is to 
replace the loss by bringing in new members. In reviewing the records of 
the past 52 years our loss of 503 by death is the second highest in that 
period, exceeded only by the loss of 536 in 1957. Referring to the same 
record, there has been a steadily mounting number of deaths year by year, 
and this has but one meaning, namely, that we now have a greater pro- 
portion of older members and we have not been bringing in a sufficient 
number of younger candidates to lower the average age. We can, there- 
fore, expect a high loss by death to continue for some years to come. 

It is quite apparent from this trend, if for no other reason, that we 
must redouble our efforts in the field of membership. Voices that are 
stilled can no longer tell the story of the Royal Arch or teach its prin- 
ciples. It is up to us, the living, to take on extra responsibility for spread- 
ing light and knowledge and bringing into our Companionship our less 
fortunate brethren. 

WITHDRAWALS 

Withdrawals continue at a rate higher than we would wish. True, a 
loss of 228 is less than the previous year, but still the third highest year 
for the past seventeen. Many of these losses are preventable by Chapters 
following up requests for demits, endeavouring to renew the interest and 
attendance of such Companions. 

SUSPENSIONS 

While the loss of 152 by suspension is slightly lower than the average 
for the past ten years, it is still a loss that can be kept to a minimum by 
prompt action of the Chapters. Suspensions are caused by non-payment 
of dues. When non-payment is due to financial reasons it is hoped, par- 
ticularly in cases where membership has been retained for many years, 
that Chapters will exercise Masonic Charity and remit dues which would 
cause hardship to pay. 

Where non-payment of dues is the result of loss of interest or ne- 
glect, it is urged that no formal action be taken by a Chapter until after 
thorough investigation and every effort being made to retain the interest 
of the Companion and restore him to active attendance and fellowship. 

RESTORATIONS 
The Membership Committee has in its possession a statistical report 
on membership from the year 1907, and it is with regret that it has to 
report that 1958 with only 20 restorations is the lowest in all that time. 
It would seem evident that we are neglecting to follow up as earnestly as 
in the past our suspended members to heal and restore them to member- 
ship. This is a situation which calls for our immediate attention and 
most vigorous action. It is recommended that each Chapter review its 
suspensions for several years back and make a concerted effort to bring 
these former members back into the fold. 

JOININGS 

The additions to our membership through joinings and affiliations do 
not seem to vary widely from year to year. It must be remembered, how- 
ever, that they are much smaller than our losses by withdrawal. For in- 
stance, in the year 1958 there were 228 withdrawals and only 99 joinings, 
or a net loss of 129. As this goes on year after year, it can be appreciated 
how large an inroads this has made in our membership. It means that 
there must be a great number of unaffiliated Royal Arch Masons in our 
jurisdiction, and if these could be sought out and brought back into active 
membership our numbers could be increased materially. 



106 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

ADMISSIONS 
Admissions for 1958 at 902 were up 23 from the previous year, but on 
looking over past records, except for the depression and war years from 
1930 to 1942, it is still the second lowest since 1907. It must be admitted 
that we are simply not bringing- in enough new candidates to assure an 
adequate annual increase in membership. 

RECOMMENDATIONS 
From the foregoing discussion of the factors affecting membership it 
is quite evident there must be a continued and concerted effort made in 
the task of maintaining and increasing membership. In line with sugges- 
tions offered last year your Committee now makes three specific recom- 
mendations, namely: 

1. Every Grand Chapter Officer and Member on all possible occasions 
should make every effort to inspire the Companions of our Chapters to 
greater exertion in bringing in new members whether as candidates or 
affiliates. Your Committee believes that an interest has been created 
among our Companions, but in order to maintain that interest at a high 
level and keep it at work our leaders must keep constantly reiterating 
the call and impressing on our members their responsibility to "bring 
more light and knowledge" to their brethren. 

2. Active Chapter Membership Committees are necessary to give 
leadership and guidance to the Companions, and your Committee is con- 
vinced that not all Chapters have such Committees, and even then, many 
of them must be far from active, considering the results of the past few 
years. True, the obtaining of members is the responsibility of every Com- 
panion, but an active Committee can give inspiration to the work and 
take on itself the task of maintaining membership by following up 
every request for demit and investigating every Companion due for sus- 
pension. 

3. Small attendance at Chapter convocations cannot inspire our 
candidates to a regular attendance themselves. In fact it is not a condition 
conducive to bringing in candidates. Your Committee therefore recom- 
mends that Chapters make a serious effort to increase the percentage of 
attendance and urges the appointmnt of Attendance Committees to give 
leadership and active support to that work. It must be recognized, how- 
ever, that they must be aided by the Chapters maintaining the quality Qf 
their meetings, the standard of their work and interesting programmes 
during the social hour. Every effort in that direction will be amply repaid. 

YUKON 

It might be well to call to the attention of our Companions that if the 
Notice of Motion seceding jurisdiction over the Yukon Territory is ap- 
proved we shall suffer an immediate loss in membership of 152. It is 
therefore necessary during the present year to< make a special effort to 
bring in still more candidates to offset that loss before we can count on 
any net increase. 

CONCLUSION 
Your Committee would not have it believed that it is interested only 
in numerical gain. While this is important, the Committee is even more 
interested in the quality of the members gained. Any "drive" for members 
merely for the purpose of increasing our numbers is, in the long run, 
doomed to failure. Such members lose interest easily, drop their at- 
tendance and are often lost through withdrawal or suspension. But candi- 
dates who make application because they have had aroused in them a 
desire for more light and knowledge, to share in the teachings and 
privileges and Companionship of the Royal Arch, are more apt to be 
retained in active membership to add strength and influence to Capitular- 
Masonry. 



ANNUA! CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 107 

It is our earnest hope that our Companions will remember the ad- 
monition to bring "assistance, light and knowledge to uninformed 
brethren," and if membership is approached with this attitude we are sure 
that the record of our growth over the years will show worthwhile 
increases. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

A. K. Campbell, 

F. Scott, 

J. H. McClure, 
W. L. Brown, 

G. Neill, 

D. H. Robertson, 
A. F. Tannahill, Chairman. 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
A. F. Tannahill, and— 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Member- 
ship be received and adopted. 

COMMUNICATIONS AND GREETINGS 

Letters, etc. were received conveying greetings and expressing 
regrets for non-attendance from: 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Alberta — 

M. Ex. Comp. A. F. Lissack. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Hand, P.G.Z. and Grand Scribe E. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia — 

M. Ex. Comp. Thomas W. H. Walker. 

M. Ex. Comp. Ed. B. Baker, P.G. Z. and Grand Scribe E. 
Grand Chapter Roval Arch Masons of Manitoba — 

M. Ex. Comp. Cecil J. Hutchings, P.G.Z. and Grand Scribe E. 
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Brunswick — 

M. Ex. Comp. John A. Goweatte, Grand Z. 

M. Ex. Comp. Roy E. Crawford, P.G.Z., and Grand Scribe E. 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec — 

M. Ex. Comp. J. H. A. Morecraft, Grand Z. 

M. Ex. Comp. Herbert Pickering,. Hon. P.G.Z. and Grand Scribe E. 

M. Ex. Comp. A. J. Osgoode, P.G.Z. and our Representative. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan — 

M. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. P. Whyte. 

M. Ex. Comp. Alfred A. Wilson, P.G.Z. and Grand Scribe E. 
The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada — 

M. Ex. Comp. Lome Johnson, P.G.Z. and Grand Master. 
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Dominion of 

Canada — 

Sovereign Grand Commander James A. Simpson 33°. 
Supreme Grand Arch Chapter of Scotland — 

M. Ex. Comp. The Royal the Earl of Galloway, First Grand Principal. 

M. Ex. Comp. William A. Laird, Grand Scribe E. 
Most Excellent Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Connecticut — 

M. Ex. Comp. Bliss W. Clark, P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Delaware — 

M. Ex. Comp. A. Warren Wheatlev, G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. Alfred H. Coe, P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. 
Most Excellent Grand Chapter R.A.M. of the State of Florida— 

M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Arnold. 

M. Ex. Comp. John B. Phelphs, P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. 
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois — 

M. Ex. Comp. Harry E. Freeland. 

M. Ex. Comp. Edward E. Core, P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. 



108 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Grand Chapter of Maine Royal Arch Masons — 

M. Ex. Comp. Nelson B. Camick, G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. Earle D. Webster. P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Maryland — 

M. Ex. Comp. Bird H. Dolby, G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. James H. Falk, P.G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. D. Ross Vansant Jr., P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts — 

M. Ex. Comp. William F. Clark, P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan — 

M. Ex. Comp. Roy Andrus, P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio — 

M. Ex. Comp. Oliver H. Ormiston, G.H.P. 
The Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania — 

M. Ex. Comp. John C. F. Witselman, Grand Secretary. 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Vermont — 

M. Ex. Comp. Arthur E. Dietrich, G.H.P. 

R. Ex. Comp. Aaron H. Grout, Grand Secretary. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia — 

M. Ex. Comp. Carl F. Wood, Grand Secretary. 

ARCHIVE COMMITTEE 

M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle in his address reported the death of the 
Grand Archivist R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Shaw on December 2, 1958. This and 
other factors prevented action by the Committee for the past year. 

This report is being submitted for action and the naming of a new 
Committee in accordance with Section 19A of the Constitution. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
C. W. Emmett, and— 

Resolved — That R. Ex. Comp. B. S. Scott be Grand Archivist, and 
Grand Historian, Grand Scribe E., R. Ex. Comps. T. N. Clarke, J. A. 
Kennedy. 

OFFICERS INSTALLED AND INVESTED 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden installed and invested the newly 
elected officers of Grand Chapter, including the Grand Superintendents 
of the several Districts, and they were proclaimed and saluted according to 
ancient custom. 

VOTE OF THANKS 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. Fraser Hay, and — 

Resolved — That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario be extended to: 

The Credential Committee, under the direction of R. Ex. Comp. J. W. 
Woodland, for the efficient manner in which they carried out their duties; 

The Scrutineers, under the direction of V. Ex. Comp. A. J. Prince, for 
their services in taking charge of the Election of the Officers; 

General Chairman and Sub-Ccmmittees, for their untiring and suc- 
cessful success and achievements; 

The Installing Board, under the direction of M. Ex. Comp. J. M. 
Burden, and his Past Grand Z.'s, and to all those who have contributed to 
the success of this start of our Second Century of progress in this labour 
of love for our Order. 

REMARKS OF GRAND Z. ON ASSUMING OFFICE 

Most Excellent Comps., Most Worshipful Sir, Distinguished Guests and 
Companions: 

It is indeed a great honour and pleasure to be installed as the Grand 
First Principal of this Grand Chapter. I am especially mindful of the re- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 109 

sponsibilities of office at a time when Capitular Masonry within our 
Grand Jurisdiction commences its second century of existence as a vital 
force for the good of man. Beginning in its infancy one hundred years 
ago with a few faithful and persevering Companions it has steadily 
flourished and grown in stature. Those first few Companions have, 
through their unstinted effort and talents, steadily increased our mem- 
bership until today, at the dawn of a new century, the principles and 
concepts of Capitular Masonry are inculcated and practised by twenty 
two thousand, six hundred and twenty eight faithful Companions. 

This, my Companions, is a great tribute to those early Companions 
who toiled so diligently in that first century of progress. With the aid of 
the pick, crowbar and shovel our sojourners of the first century cleared a 
place for the foundations of the second temple and in so doing freed us 
from ignorance and vice and erected for us the temple of our moral and 
spiritual life which we attend today. 

The labours of those earlier Companions have endowed us with a rich 
heritage of physical, moral and spiritual wealth. As we commence our 
second century it rest squarely upon us to remember and always act upon 
those principles and concepts which we hold dear and which are the very 
roots and foundations of Capitular Masonry. 

My Companions, the Temple has been built, but to ensure its con- 
tinuing strength and sturdiness we must tighten the moral and spiritual 
fibres by regular and increasing attendance. The attendance of a few is 
not enough . . . the attendance of many ... all striving for the welfare 
of the individual Chapters is vital. 

We are commencing this first year of the second century with a 
great responsibility. I charge each one of you to recall that part of your 
obligation which calls upon you to impart light and knowledge to your 
uninformed brethren. Companions, enlighten your uninformed brethren, 
starting today. Bring them to the Temple of truth and wisdom in ever- 
increasing numbers. Let us raise the four large banners of the army of 
Israel for all uninformed brethren to see. In so doing a tremendous force 
for good will be in the hands of a host of Companions tomorrow and in 
ever-increasing numbers throughout the span of this second century of 
Capitular Masonry. Let us make this a record year of increased member- 
ship. 

You will all recall that old favourite hymn, "Now the day is over, 
Night is drawing nigh, Shadows of the evening steal across the sky." 

Companions, a century has drawn to a close. But a new day is dawn- 
ing for a new T century. Will the shadows of the evening steal across our 
sky or will we greet the dawn with renewed faith, vigour and enthusiasm ? 
Let us make our day and our century one of great achievement and pro- 
gress. Let us in turn leave an afterglow and a sunset at the close of our 
labours as a promise of an even better tomorrow and third century for 
those Companions who follow us. 

My Companions, I approach my new responsibilities with humbleness 
and humility. To follow such distinguished Royal Arch Masons as the 
Past Grand "Z.'s" of the Grand Chapter of Canada is not an honour but a 
great challenge. My heartfelt thanks go to those Companions who have 
supported and guided me throughout the year. With the continued support 
and guidance of the great Jehovah and all Companions I pledge my best 
to you . . . and may the blessing of the Most High be with you all. 

APPOINTED TO OFFICE 

The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. Comp. B. 
H. Smith: 



110 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Appointed 

V. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. Hearn, 755 Danforth Ave., Toronto 8, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Basil C. Damude, Aylmer, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Percival S. Jannison, 633 Albert St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, 

Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, R.R. 2, Walker's Line, Milton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. H. A. Fred Schytte, 109 Yonge Blvd., Toronto 12, Ont. 

ASSISTANT OFFICERS— Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis Grand Lecturer 

421 St. Clarens Ave., Toronto 4, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. E. M. Marshall Grand Sr. Sojourner 

Apt. 11, 137 Emerald St. S., Hamilton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. L. B. Morrison Grand Jr. Sojourner 

252 Briar Hill Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. M. W. Pearce Grand Sword Bearer 

318 Dacre St., Port Arthur, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. W. Warren Grand Master 4th Veil 

R.R. No. 1, Stirling, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. D. Hess Grand Master 3rd Veil 

Williamsburg, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Green Grand Master 2nd Veil 

98 Craighurst Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. H. C. Coull Grand Master 1st Veil 

P.O. Box 361, Main St., Haileybury, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. A. S. Haley Grand Standard Bearer 

868 Queen St., North Bay, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. M. S. Clarke Grand D. of C. 

Napanee, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. A. G. Humphries Assistant Grand D. of C. 

52 Glengarry Rd., Ottawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. P. McElroy Grand Organist 

80 Strachan St., Port Hope, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. W. C. Steele Grand Pursuivant 

481 Britannia Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. T. C. Miller Grand Steward 

Ottawa. 
V. Ex. Comp. S. Donnan ..Grand Steward 

74 Haddington Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. A. A. Campbell Grand Steward 

Alvinston. 
V. Ex. Comp. E. A. Hay Grand Steward 

246 Main St. N., Brampton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. B. M. Smith Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 2, South Woodslee. Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. S. H. Taylor Grand Steward 

99 Barker St., London, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. H. R. Nagle Grand Steward 

261 Hall St., Ingersoll, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. J. Addy Grand Steward 

P.O. Box 48, Glen Williams, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. C. S. Boyd Grand Steward 

223 Highland Ave., Fort Erie, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. E. W. Bath Grand Steward 

80 Waverley Rd., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. W. F. Churchill Grand Steward 

48 Perry St., Barrie, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. D. C. White Grand Steward 

St. Mary's, Ont. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 111 

V. Ex. Comp. Clare Howse Grand Steward 

'597 Davisville Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. J. Shield ..... Grand Steward 

49 Vanderhoof Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. F. N. Inksater Grand Steward 

Paris. 
V. Ex. Comp. F. C. Daubney Grand Steward 

Oakville 
V. Ex. Comp. J. Thain Grand Steward 

Campbellford. 
V. Ex. Comp. L. Bramwell Grand Steward 

127 Gamble Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. W. J. Stewart Grand Outer Guard 

59 Symington Ave., Toronto 9, Ont. 




The labours of the Annual Convocation 
being ended, Grand Chapter was closed in 
Ample Form at 12.30 p.m., Toronto, Ontario, 
Wednesday, April 29, 1959. 



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Grand Scribe E. 



Monday evening, April 27, 1959, the Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. Maurice 
A. Searle, invited his Council, P.G.Z.'s, Executive Committee to a dinner 
in the Tudor Room, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, to assist him in doing 
honour to his distinguished guests. At the same time Mrs. M. A. Searle 
and her Committee entertained the w r ives and ladies of our distinguished 
guests with a dinner, etc. in the Quebec Room, Royal York Hotel, Toronto. 

Tuesday evening, April 28, 1959, the annual banquet was held in the 
Concert Hall of the Royal York Hotel, over 500 Companions and their 
ladies being present. Our Grand Z. was the Chairman and he provided a 
very interesting programme. The guest speaker, Judge V. Lome Stewart, 
the Senior Judge of the Juvenile and Family Court of Metropolitan Toron- 
to, gave a very informative and enlightening address of some of the 
problems his department is confronted with every day. At the close of his 
address he was applauded roundly and came in for a lot of congratulations 
after the meeting was over. We were entertained by the East York 
Barber Shoppers, a very fine group of singers. Their songs delighted 
everyone present. 

During the Convocation our Grand Z. asked each of his guests for 
their personal observations and greetings from their Grand Chapters. 

This Grand Chapter received numerous letters and communications 
congratulating it on its 101st Convocation. 



112 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— President 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand Z. 

1310 Tecumseh Park Drive, Port Credit, Ontario. 
(By Virtue of Office) 

M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand Z. 

169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C Grand Z. 1943-44 

126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, O.B.E Grand Z. 1945-46 

Box 207, Brampton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer, Grand Z. 1947-48 

244 Holton Ave. S., Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand Z. 1949-50 

Tiffany Apts., P.O. Box 374, Ottawa, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw Grand Z. 1951-52 

655 Waterloo St., London, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand Z. 1955-56 

14 Pearson Ave., Toronto 3, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z. 1957-58 

Apt. 206, 111 Oriole Parkway, Toronto 7, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham Hon. Grand Z. 1957 

244 Inglewood Drive, Toronto 7, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Galloway Hon. Past Grand Z. 1958 

Scotland. 
M. Ex. Comp. Cecil S. Field Hon. Past Grand J. 1958 

Scotland. 
R. Ex. Comp. Sir George Boag Hon. Past Grand Supt. 1958 

England. 
R. Ex. Comp. William A. Laird Hon. Past Grand Scribe E. 1958 

Scotland. 
R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sweeting Hon Past Grand Prin. Jop. 1958 

Victoria, Australia. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fraser E. J. Hay Grand J. 

Victoria St., Listowel. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

400 Lake Promenade, Long Branch, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Leonard Dowdell Grand Scribe N. 

146 Campbell Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Honorary 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. M. Enouy, Apt. 4, 48 Lawton Blvd., Toronto 7, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fergus A. McDiarmid, 357 Waverley St., Ottawa, Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, 581 Weller St., Peterborough, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Tannahill, 780 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert, 1 Lincoln Ave., Gait, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. George A. Phillips Jr., 39 Daniel St., Smiths Falls, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, 410 Eden Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Appointed 

V. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. Hearn, 755 Danforth Ave., Toronto 8, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Basil C. Damude, Aylmer, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Percival S. Jannison, 633 Albert St. E., Saulte Ste. Marie, 

Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, R.R. 2, Walker's Line, Milton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. H. A. Fred Schytte, 109 Yonge Blvd., Toronto 12, Ont. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 113 

BENEVOLENT COMMITTEE 
(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, 244 Holton Ave. S., Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. DeForest Charles Patmore, 10 Maple Dr., R.R. 3, Orillia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert M. McElhinney, 69 Fuller Ave., Toronto 3, Ont. 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 
(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 

SUB COMMITTEES 

GRAND Z.'s ADDRESS 

M. Ex. Comps. John M. Burden, Q,C. (Chairman), R. V. Conover, F. W. 

Dean, C. M. Pitts, A. G. N. Bradshaw, J. L. House, M. A. Searle, 

M. S. Gooderham. 

WARRANTS AND DISPENSATIONS 
V. Ex. Comp. J. A. Hearn (Chairman), R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham, 

J. E. Evans. 

PRINTING AND SUPPLIES 

R. Ex. Comps. H. A. F. Schytte (Chairman), A. F. Nisbet Jr., 

B. C. Lamble, Grand Scribe E. 

FINANCE 

R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven (Chairman), Grand Council, Past Grand Z.'s, 

Grand Treasurer, Chairman of Investments and Grand Scribe E. 

INVESTMENTS 
R. Ex. Comp. F. C. Ackert (Chairman), Grand Council, Grand Treasurer, 

Grand Scribe E. 

BENEVOLENCE 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. R. N. 

McElhinney, D. C. Patmore. 

GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS 
M. Ex. Comps. A. G. N. Bradshaw (Chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C., 

J. L. House. 

CONDITION OF CAPITULAR MASONRY 

R. Ex. Comps. S. Portch (Chairman), B. C. Damude (Vice-Chairman), 

L. Dowdell, E. K. Rupert, W. McKee, R. Pinegar, J. A. Cox. 

CONSTITUTION, LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 
M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, Q.C. 

FRATERNAL DEAD 
R. Ex. Comps. G. A. Phillips (Chairman), Rev. A. K. Campbell (Vice- 
Chairman), T. H. Burgess, T. C. Lloyd, J. C. Sim, D. A. McDonald, 

J. Sinclair. 

FRATERNAL CORRESPONDENCE 
M. Ex. Comp. B. S. Scott. 

MILEAGE AND PER DIEM 
R. Ex. Comps. L. B. Gillespie and P. S. Jannison. 

EDUCATION 
Grand Council, Past Grand Z.'s, Grand Lecturer and Grand Scribe E. 



114 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

MEMBERSHIP 

R. Ex. Comps. A. F. Tannahill (Chairman), D. S. Stephens, R. A. 
Hamilton, A. E. Thurlow, T. Forrester, J. A. Boyle, D. Winn. 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD 

M. Ex. Comps. C. M. Pitts (Chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C., 
A. G. N. Bradshaw. 

ARCHIVE COMMITTEE 

R. Ex. Comps. B. S. Scott (Archivist), T. Clark, J. A. Kennedy, 
Grand Historian, Grand Scribe E. 

GEOGRAPHICAL SURVEY 

R. Ex. Comp. A. F. Tannahill (Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. M. A. Searle, 
J. L. House, R. Ex. Comps. J. E. Girven, C. W. Emmett. 

BURSARY COMMITTEE 
M. Ex. Comps. F. W. Dean (Chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C., M. A. Searle. 



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120 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

SUSPENSIONS— 1958 
1.— C. J. Barfett, L. M. Campbell, W. J. Friers, J. F. Williams. 3— 
R. W. Hall, P. D. Sheers, K. C. Shortt, W. J. Wilson 5— W. R. Bennett, J. 

C. Cunningham, S. L. Ehman, A. E. Hodgins, G. B. McCormick, O. T. 
Parr, W. S. Stephenson, D. Sutherland, 0. N. Thompson. 6— J. F. Bain. 
8— R. S. Scott. 19— R. E. Branch, J. T. Gallie, W. F. Downes, H. C. Earle. 
20— K. W. Gordon, J. R. Rotchill, H. Wilde. 24— C. J. Eifert, A. B. Mc- 
Caugherty, J. M. McLeod, D. 0. Walker. 28— B. Conley. 30— W. J. Clay- 
ton. 31— W. S. Fraser, C. A. Jones, J. A. Neer. 32— E. C. Harris, M. H. 
Hitchcock, H. Parkinson. 34— W. J. Ogilvie, A. G. Orser, H. F. B. Miller. 
36— A. W. Smith, T. Staves. 47— J. C. Chitten, W. R. Dorman, A. W. 
Hogg, G. R. Lafferty, G. H. Powell, H. R. Terry. 59— G. W. Andrews. 61— 

D. W. Berry, C. H. Black, A. McMuilen, C. H. Scoyne, F. W. Sneddon. 62— 
D. S. Williams. 71— M. E. MacDonald. 75— G. M. Colling, L. A. Cox, R. M. 
Smith. 76— R. Crowley. 77— T. A. Armstrong, E. Baskin, C. Clarke, M. G. 
Clarke, J. Keily, D. King, C. H. Knapp, M. W. McLennan, G. T. Young. 
80— J. Easby, R. E. Handy, H. Hill, W. L. Jenkins, W. B. Tinsley, F. W. C. 
Watts. 82— W. Clavier, C. S. Firman, J. E. Gorr, W. J. Ingram, G. Pipher, 
G. Sim. 90— O. Nellis. 102— E. I. Halladay, T. C. Horgan, I. A. Nicholson. 
103— M. P. Mickolakos. 113— G. E. Ashie. 117— J. D. Carthy, R. McK. 
Fisher, N. H. Hagen, A. R. Oldham. 129— J. Pickard. 134— R. Corner. 
135— A. J. DeCarle. 138— N. V. Knight. 140— J. G. Marks. 144— E. C. Free- 
man, I. O. Whaten. 145— W. Irwin, R. J. Kingsmill, G. C. Letros, E. J. 
Richardson. 148— J. Johnston, A. J. Richards. 152— H. G. M. Ayer, R. S. 
McCormick. 161 — K. R. Ingram, D. Mclnroy, G. L. Walbridge, H. Wheeler, 
N. Whitmore. 163— H. Brown, H. D. MacPherson, T. C. Rowe. 169— F. J 
Reeves. 175— D. A. McG. Clarke, J. H. Livingstone. 184^-D. Taggart. 
205-^T. A. Earls, N. C. Findlay, E. G. Gray, H. Jones, J. C. McGhee, A. W. 
Terry. 212— G. W. Wasserman. 217— E. Barringham. 221— H. S. Miller. 
222— E. A. Daugherty. 224— N. E. King, J. H. Percy, S. G. Pook, G. G. 
Ross. 225— E. A. Tomlin. 231— L. McAteer, T. X McConnell, E. C. Smith. 
232— W. G. A. Jennings. 235— R. A. Barker, H. E. Bennett. 236— C. Nie. 
241— F. G. Harrington, P. F. Sawden. 242— S. C. Brown, A. Lucas, A. D. 
Stoner. 246 — C. Cameron. 256 — F. E. Goode, G. A. C. Gunton, J. G. Mac- 
Murdo, C. B. Robson, A. L. Williams. 

RESTORATIONS— 1958 
4— J. Craig. 15— C. W. Loomis. 28— J. Carey. 37— P. R. Martin. 40— 
K. MacColl. 45— G. Grant, B. G. Kernoghan. 46— T. E. Grainger. 76— J. F. 
Peckham. 81— H. R. Moffatt, L. Swinn. 135— G. A. C. Gunton. 164— W. S. 
Merritt, V. Franks, O. Gibson. 167— R. N. Vosper. 227— W. E. Lashway, 
R. H. Moran. 233— S. H. McElwain. 256— G. A. C. Gunton. 

DEMITS— 1958 
1— A. M. McCorkell. 2— B. Mangnall, J. Forrest, W. T. Stevenson. 
3— J. R. A. Gilbert, E. T. Edworthy. 4— R. C. Brown, H. Cox, J. Craig, J. 
Leslie, S. Mount. 5— H. Sheridan, R. McBride, W. J. Pope. 7— G. R. Purdy. 
15 — J. L. Frailey, E. A. Bagley, R. H. Garbett. 16— M. W. Bland. 18— E. 
C. Calverley, H. R. Parker. 19— W. H. Marshall, D. Schooley, J. E. Mar- 
riott, C. O. Davison. 22— J. A. Noble. 23— H. J. Allen, J. E. Hanselman, 
H. N. Mott, H. K. Higgins, D. L. Dennis. 24— H. C. Black. 26—0. L. Pat- 
rick, F. Fairman, A. Burley, R. G. Clarke. 27— P. B. Reid. 28— S. N. 
Martin. 29— H. Zimmerman. 31 — C. Maxwell, B. Hyatt, P. M. Palmer, G. 
R. Stewart. 32— E. S. Hughes, J. L. King. 34— W. L. McGowan, J. L. King. 
34— W. L. McGowan, J. R. McBride. 36— W. C. Hughes, A. Smith. 40— J. 
A. Caldwell, D. Stewart, E. W. Thomas, J. A. Stevenson, D. McKellar, R. B. 
Richardson, E. C. M. McKeough, C. D. M. VanNorman, A. F. Dawson. 
44— R. Bell. 45— A. Allen. 47— R. McD. Shank, H. Spicer, C. E. Stewart, 
C. Buck, F. M. Burgess, S. A. White. 54— H. Parker, C. H. Jay. 55— R. G. 
Dawson, G. Morgan. 61 — W. Cunningham. 62 — R. D. Thompson, E. W. 
Hartnell, H. Love, R. MacKenzie. 63— W. M. McDonald, B. E. McLean. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 121 

64— J. R. Bovd, W. G Canning:, D. J. Crysler, E. D. Hooker, G. F. Moody, 

A. H. Pink. A. W. Pratt, D. Slater, G. Smith Jr. 69— L. D. Jacobs. 71— A. 
Ward. 72— G. C. Craven. 73— E. L. McMulkin. 74— R. E. F. Pacey. 75— W. 
T. Barnard, J. L. Kino-. 76— D. K. Miller. 77— J. Craig, J. Fawcett, R. H. 
Higgensen, A. G. Turner. 78— A. E. Salisbury. 79— H. J. McFadyen. 80— 
J. Cooke. 81— W. T. Burn, W. E. Butcher, A. E. Gent, G. P. Gent, R. E. 
Sage, R. Stutt. 82— J. B. Williams. 83— M. W. Berwick. 84— C. O'Krafka, 
J. Snell. 90— E. B. Burnett, R. R. Douglas. 91— J. S .Adams. 94— A. W. 
Carew. G. L. Cuthbertson, J. A. Endicott, N. Toland. 95— J. F. Boucher, 
R. W. Skene. 102— C. Bullock. 104— J. Groothand. 110— C. Churchley, O. B. 
Phillips. 112— W Adams, M. A. Beckstead, T. R. Parkes. 114— H. W. 
Pointen, J. H. Page. 117— A. K. Baird, A. E. Schnaeringer, W. J. Schmidt. 
119— E. W. Mills, J. R. Dean. 132— G. M. Irwin, A. P. McLennan. 133— J. 

C. Gillespie, C. A. Wright. 135— W. O. Simpson, G. A. C. Gunton. 138— 

F. C. Carley, A. D. Fagan. 140— F. E. Endersby, W. J. Muirhead. 145— L. 

B. Smart. 146— C. E. Hodgins, C. M. Johnston. 148— C. H. Jack. 149— A. 
E. Smith. 150— C. Gerster. 151— L. W. Law, C. Thorburn. 152— J. S. 
Boone, W. J. Crookshanks, G. Edwards, D. G. Fraser, R. Oliver, C. C. 
Rice-Jones, W. A. R. Rooney. 155 — K. C. Hopkinson. 161 — D. Johnston, 

G. M. Spratt. 163— N. Ellis, J. R. Mason. 168— K. Ames, E. LeR. Scott. 
169— J. McK. Hendrv, F. C. Nelson, J. S. Taylor. 195— R. Duke. 198— H. 
Baker, R. E. Hipwell. 205— L. W. C. Lindsay. 212— G. Book, D. F. Davis, 

D. Ennis, L. L. Francoz, H. Siegel. 213— P. A. Boyce, T. R. Heale, D. R. 
Jarvis, W. Trethowan. 220— J. Hodson, J. M. Maclnnes. 221— W. M. 
Leonard. 222— C. C. M. Fairbairn, J. E. McGuire, R. M. Stanton, H. R. 
Walter. 223— S. L. Foley, D. M. Dubin. 225— J. N. Malcolm, T. J. Mason. 
226— W. G. Sawdon, W. J. Barker, E. B. Code. 227— G. C. Baragar, A. D. 
McLean, F. T. Svmons, D. R. Williams. 230— A. J. Townley. 231— T. S. 
Bagley, J. E. Cass, G. Kirkham. 232— T. Swift. 233— W. G. Alguire. 234— 
J. L. Ellis. 235— R. E. Cole, A. R. Fourth, H. I. McBride, T. Newton, R. V. 
Smith. 238 — H. J. Darton, G. C. Harker. 239— S. Egier, C. F. Smvth. 240— 
K. Awrey, J. H. Leeds, H. J. L. Merritt. 241— C. Hayward, R. E. Mc- 
Intyre, C. S. Rowe. 242— H. Hennigar, M. G. Nichol. 249— G. B. Rickard, 
G. L. Wright. 254— R. S. Gilchrist, A. W. R. Sinks. 255— F. Pearce. 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT, No. 1 
R. Ex. Comp. Earl K. Rupert, 1033 James St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

47. Wellington Chatham 119. King Cyrus Leamington 

71. Prince of Wales Amherstburg 153. Sombra Wallaceburg 

73. Erie Ridgetown 164. Lome West Lome 

80. Ark Windsor 239. Blenheim Blenheim 

88. MacNabb Dresden 250. Thomas Peters Windsor 

LONDON DISTRICT, No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert A. Hamilton, Box 293, 203 North Arthur St., 

Point Edward, Ont. 

3. St. John's London 81. Aylmer Aylmer 

5. St. George's London 150. London London 

15. Wawanosh Sarnia 214. Vimy Inwood 

53. Bruce Petrolia 238. The St. Andrew London 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 242. St. Paul's Lambeth 

74. Beaver Strathroy 247. Nilestown Nilestown 

78. Minnewawa Parkhill 252. Hiawatha Sarnia 

WILSON DISTRICT, No. 3 
R. Ex. Comp. Albert E. Thurlow, 510 Henry St., Woodstock, Ont. 

18. Oxford Woodstock 115. Brant Paris 

20. Mount Horeb Brantford 253. Regal Port Dover 

23. Ezra Simcoe 255. Tillsonbuig Tillsonburg 

41. Harris Ingersoll 



122 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

WELLINGTON DISTRICT, No. 4 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Forrester, 22 Wright Ave., Gait, Ont. 

32. Waterloo Gait 218. Prince Edward Shelburne 

40. Guelph Guelph 221. Durham Durham 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 234. Halton Georgetown 

83. Ionic Orangeville 245. Preston Preston 

117. Kitchener Kitchener 

HAMILTON DISTRICT, No. 5 
R. Ex. Comp. Donald S. Stephens, 35 Whitton Rd., Hamilton, Ont. 

2. The Hiram Hamilton 175 The Hamilton Hamilton 

6. St. John's Hamilton 224. Keystone Hamilton 

75. St. Clair Milton 236. Caledonia Caledonia 

104. White Oak Oakville 243. McKay Stoney Creek 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 

HURON DISTRICT, No. 6 
R. Ex. Comp. James A. Boyle, Box 146, Lucknow, Ont. 

24. Tecumseh Stratford 84. Lebanon Wingham 

30. Huron Goderich 129. Elliot Mitchell 

46. St. James St. Mary's 130. Chantry Southampton 

63. Havelock Kincardine 146. Bernard Listowel 

66. The Malloch Seaforth 147. Lucknow Lucknow 

NIAGARA DISTRICT, No. 7 
R. Ex. Comp. Donald Winn, 72 Elm St., Port Colborne, Ont. 

19. Mt. Moriah St. Catharines 69. Grimsby Grimsby 

29. McCallum Dunnville 76. Mount Nebo Niagara Falls 

55. Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake 184. Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 
57. King Hiram Port Colborne 240. Smith ville Smithville 

64. Wilson Welland 

TORONTO EAST, No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. D. Welham, 60 Stewart Smith Drive, 

Toronto 15, Ont. 

4. St. Andrew and St. John 163. The Beaches Toronto 

Toronto 205. Victoria Thornhill 

8. King Solomon Toronto 217. St. Alban's Toronto 

62. York Toronto 225. Beaver Toronto 

65. St. Paul's Toronto 235. Aurora Aurora 

79. Orient Toronto 241. University Toronto 

135. Succoth Uxbridge 258. Tyrian Stouffville 

145. The St. Patrick Toronto 

TORONTO WEST, No. 8a 
R. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Nisbet Jr., 17 Sturton Rd., Weston, Ont. 

77. Occident Toronto 220. Lebanon Lambton Mills 

91. Toronto-Antiquity Toronto 230. Port Credit Port Credit 

138. Shekinah Toronto 231. The St. Clair Toronto 

195. Peel Brampton 232. King Cyrus Toronto 

212. Mount Sinai Toronto 233. Oakwood Toronto 

215. Mimico Mimico 246. Humber Weston 

219. Ulster Toronto 260. Centennial Streetsville 

GEORGIAN DISTRICT, No. 9 
R. Ex. Comp. Burnett C. Lamble, 133 Matchedash St. N., Orillia, Ont. 

27. Manitou Collingwood 131. Amabel Wiarton 

34. Signet Barrie 167. Kichikewana Midland 

56. Georgian Owen Sound 198. Couchiching Orillia 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 L23 

ONTARIO DISTRICT, No. 10 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas H. Burgis, 48 Ranney St. N., Campbellford, Ont. 

28. Pentalpha Oshawa 94. Midland Lindsav 

35. Keystone Whitby 110. Warkworth Warkworth 

36. Corinthian Peterborough 134. King Darius Cannington 

37. Victoria Port Hope 168. Ionic Campbellford 
45. Excelsior Colborne 249. Palestine Bowmanville 
48. St. John's Cobourg 

PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT, No. 11 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas C. Lloyd, Bannockburn, Ont. 

7. The Moira Belleville 72. Keystone Stirling 

26. St. Mark's Trenton 144. Presqu'ile Brighton 

31. Prince Edward Picton 161. Madoc Madoc 

44. Mount Sinai Napanee 227. Quinte Friendship Belleville 

ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT, No. 12 
R. Ex. Comp. John C. Sim, Box 17, Middle St., Cardinal, Ont. 

1. Ancient Frontenac and 68. Maitland Kemptville 

Cataraqui Kingston 112. SI. John's Morrisburg 

22. Grenville Prescott 113. Covenant Cornwall 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence 132. Leeds Gananoque 

Brockville 

OTTAWA DISTRICT, No. 13 
R. Ex. Ccmp. John Sinclair, 174 Dahlia St., Ottawa, Ont. 

16. Carleton Ottawa 148. St. John's Vankleek Hill 

61. Granite Almonte 151. Laurentian Pembroke 

116. Maple Carleton Place 210. Kitchener Russell 

114. Bonnechere Renfrew 222. Ottawa Ottawa 

133. St. Francis Smiths Falls 226. Prince of Wales Perth 

143. Glengarry Maxville 248. Dochert Arnprior 

ALGOMA DISTRICT, No. 14 
R. Ex. Comp. John A. Cox, 45 St. Charles St., Dryden, Ont. 

82. Shuniah Port Arthur 152. Alberton Fort Frances 

90. Golden Kenora 254. Golden Star Dryden 

140. Ft. William Ft. William 259. Quetico Atikokan 

149. Atwood Rainy River 

NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT, No. 15 
R. Ex. Comp. William McKee, 19 Churchill St., Creighton Mine, Ont. 

58. Pembroke Mattawa 103. St. John's North Bay 

95 Tuscan Sudbury 257. Espanola Espanola 

102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 

TEMISKAMING DISTRICT, No. 16 
R. Ex. Comp. Reginal Pinegar, 74 First St, Box 234, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 
169. Temiskaming New Liskeard 223. Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

203. Cobalt Cobalt 251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 

213. Northern Lights Timmins 

FIRST PRINCIPALS— 1959-1960 

1. W. H. Gummer, 242 Westdale Ave., Kingston. 

2 John Dewar, 406 Finch Ave., Burlington. 

3. R. Coon, 672 Grosvenor St., London. 

4. Herb. A. Sayers, Apt. C, 263 Gladstone Ave., Toronto 3. 

5. Hans E. Pedersen, 327 Tweedsmuir Ave., London. 

6. James Brownlie, 79 Cameron Ave. C. Hamilton. 

7. Harry Huis, 131 Bleecker Ave., Belleville. 



124 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

8. James Keillor, 90 Strathcona Ave., Toronto 6. 

15. Leslie C. Ewener, 1308 London Road, Sarnia. 

16. Claude Vickers, 152 Breeze Hill Ave., Ottawa. 

18. Dennis A. Ward, 41 Kensington St., Woodstock. 

19. Lewis B. Phillips, 87 Martindale Rd., St. Catharines. 

20. Roy M. Nelles, 31 Eimwood Ave., Brantford. 

22. Roy Lindsay, Prescott. 

23. Leo O'Connor, 375 Colborne St. N., Simcoe. 

24. J. A. Swatridge, 592 Downie St., Stratford 

26. Walter Turton. R.C.A.F. Station, Trenton. 

27. Fred C. Melton, 33 Seventh St., Collingwood. 

28. Wilbert E. McKinstry, 237 John St., Oshawa. 

29. John R. McCarthy, 703 John St., Dunnville. 

30. Clayton E. Laithwaite, R.R. No. 1, Goderich. 

31. Fred R. Greatrix Jr., Picton. 

32. F. H. Ketchabaw, 15 Eimwood Ave., Gait. 

34. G. B. Honkins, R.R. No. 2, Stayner. 

35. Lloyd F. Campbell, Whitby. 

36. W. E. Bannon, 472 King George St., Peterborough. 

37. Earl J. McKeever, 10 Julia St., Port Hope. 

40. O. T. Flint, 22 Extra St., Guelph. 

41. William Irwin, Putnam. 

44. J. C. Tustin, Napanee. 

45. Lloyd Chatterson, R.R. No. 4, Colborne. 

46. Harold Salvadge, St. Marv's. 

47. Gordon Ford, R.R. No. 4, Coatsworth. 

48. Jack A. Kernaghan, Grafton. 

53. Re^. W. Rygrove ; Petrolia. 

54. William Cowie ; 91 Hughes St., St. Thomas. 

55. George E. Irvine, Youngblut St., St. Catharines. 

56. David P. Low, 696 Fourth Ave. E., Owen Sound. 

57. J. O. Killer, 476 Stanley St., Port Colborne. 

58. Chapter Dormant. 

59. A. Regan, 115 Church St., Brockville. 

61. John Ellis, Almonte. 

62. A. H. Gray, 33 Coxwell Blvd., Toronto. 

63. H. J. Norman, R.R. No. 3, Kincardine. 

64. E. A. Lee, 235 Thorold Rd. W., Welland. 

65. Dr. William Jarmey, 314 Bathurst St., Toronto 2B. 

66. Frank Case, Seaforth. 

67. Frank B. Johnson, Moorefield. 

68. Arthur Guy, Oxford Mills. 

69. L. W. Smith, Box 144, Beamsville 

71. Thomas Weaver, 60 Alice St. N., Essex. 

72. E. John Chard, R.R. No. 4, Stirling. 

73. Alfred Overfield, Ridgetown. 

74. J. M. Hassard, R.R. No. 5, Strathroy. 

75. Neil A. McPhail, Milton. 

76. F. W. E. Smith. 1302 Stuart Ave., Niagara Falls. 

77. M. Holditch, 95 Newton Drive, Willowdale. 

78. C. A. McGregor, R.R. No. 6, Strathroy. 

79. Harold F. Mvers, 6 Chatterton Blvd., Toronto 13. 

80. Harold Tootill, 1654 Dufferin Place, Windsor. 

81. A. A. Inkster, Aylmer. 

82. W. E. Shaw, 47 N High St., Port Arthur. 

83. W. J. McCall, 236 Broadway, Orangeville. 

84. James Mair, R.R. No. 5, Brussels. 

88. Rev. S. E. Stevenson, R.R. No. 1, Dresden. 

90. C. W. Rotnem, Box 579, Kenora. 

91. Harry Plunkett, 26 Blantyre Ave., Toronto 13. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 125 

94. G. K. Johnson, 157 Kent St. W.. Lindsay. 

95. W. G. Mahaffy. 77 Kingsmount Blvd., Sudbury. 

L02. P. G. Connolly. 480 Wellington St. E., Sault Ste. Marie. 
108. J. A. Stevenson, 168 Main St. \Y., North Bay. 
104. J. A. R. Shaw. 2012 Rebecca St., Oakville. 
110. Earl R. Nelson, Dart ford. 

112. William Disotel. Morrisburg. 

113. R. F. Atchison, 232 Cumerland St., Cornwall. 

114. C. E. Tysick, 225 McAndiew W., Renfrew. 

115. Claude W. Spicer, St. George. 

116. W. H. Edwards, Carleton Place. 

117. Harold L. Becker, 421 Stirling Ave. N., Kitchener. 
119. Albert Cresswell, Wheatiey. 

129. Stanley Earl. 205 Broughdale Ave., London. 

130. Wallace Gregg, Paisiev. 

131. J. H. Gibb, Wiartcn. 

132. R. H. Paddle, Gananoque. 

133. O. B. Lauber, 18 River St. Smiths Falls. 

134. Llovd Parliament, Cannington. 

135. C. G. Armstrong, R.R. No. 4, Uxbridge. 
138. B. W. Spencer, 76 Boustead Ave., Toronto. 

140. W. S. Shaver, 707 Ruskin Crescent, Fort William. 

143. S. W. MacKay, Moose Creek. 

144. J. E. Solomon, Brighton. 

145. B. F. Forward, 41 Riverhead Dr., Rexdale. 

146. Oscar Thompson, R.R. No. 4, Atwood. 

147. Robert Mcintosh, R.R. No. 3, Lucknow. 

148. J. L. Taylor, R.R. No. 1, St. Eugene. 

149. W. B. Warner, Rainv River. 

150. J. B. Carson, 312 Wharncliffe Rd. N., London. 

151. L. W. Brumm, Pembroke St W., Pembroke. 

152. H. A. McFayden, 521 Armit Ave., Fort Frances. 

153. John Walton, 620 Nelson St., Wallaceburg. 
155. John Cesar, R.R. No. 1, Middleport. 

161. James Kellar, Madoc. 

163. W. E. Bath, 136 Chester Ave., Toronto 6. 

164. Arthur Weekes, Glencoe. 

167. T. R. Nesbitt, 350 Mildred St., Midland. 

168. William Dawson, Campballford. 

169. W. A. Bowman. New Liskeard. 

175. F. C. Whiskin, 246 E. 14th St., Hamilton. 

184. J. Jones, 23 Dufferin St.. Fort Erie. 

195. J. A. McFarlane, R.R. 1, Inglewood. 

198. J. W. Davies, Box 283, Orillia. 

203. G. G Pacey, Cobalt. 

205. David E. Alien, P.O. Box 94, Erirdale. 

210. C. P. Laushwav, Box 368, Prescott. 

212. S. S. Bedermam 12 Fernwood Road, Toronto. 

213. R. G. Childs, Box 402, S. Porcupine. 

214. William Balkwill, Bothwell. 

215. W. B. Angst, 150 MacDonnell Ave.,. Toronto o. 

217. A. O. Murray, S4 Trethewey Drive, Toronto 9. 

218. Harold McGhee. Shelburne. 

219. C. B. Ibbotson, 62 Gwynne Ave.. Toronto. 

220. A. R. McDougall, 34 Mould Ave.. Toronto 9. 

221. H. C. F. Blohm Chesley. 

222. A. E. Mulligan, 418 Island Park Drive, Ottawa. 

223. J. V. Mitchell. Box 300, Iroquois Falls. 

224. J. H. Creasey, 91 East 31st St.. Hamilton. 

225. Fred Alley, 505 Davenport Road, Toronto. 



126 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

226. Arthur Ennis, Fallbrooke. 

227. James Brown, 328 McDonald Ave., Belleville. 

230. Kenneth Denison, 38 Maple Ave. South, Port Credit. 

231. A. W. Johnson, 9 Crown Hill Place, Toronto. 

232. A. G. Sullivan, 182 Durant Ave., Toronto. 

233. Brian Alford, 42 Forthbridge Cr., Downsview. 

234. I. G. Noble, Georgetown. 

235. Gordon Bunt, Catherine Ave., Aurora. 

236. John Aldridge, 103 Inverness St., Caledonia. 

238. H. C. Fleming, 75 Elm St., London. 

239. Ronald Nudds, Blenheim. 

240. William Haining, R.R. No. 1, Hanonon. 

241. O. R. Roberts, 134 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12. 

242. Archie Bcwermg, R R. No. 10, London. 

243. Henry W. Warden, Stoney Creek. 

245. Garfield Weber, New Dundee. 

246. Donald Bremner, 13 Burton Road, Toronto 9. 

247. Gordon Sleightholm, 273 Spruce St., London. 

248. Frank Verch, Arnprior. 

249. E. F. Russell Osborne, R.R. No. 2, Newcastle. 

250. Leslie Allan. C655 Howard Ave., Windsor. 

251. George Harris, 101 Third St., Kirkland Lake. 

252. Jack MacBeth, 520-16th St., Port Huron, Mich. 

253. W. C. Long. Port Dover. 

254. P. S. Moline, Drvoen 

255. Robert Hart, 25 Rodger St., Tillsonburg. 

256. R. B. Cousins, Box 879, Whitehorse. 

257. A. J. Higgins, Box 255, Espanola. 

258. C. A. Vanzant, Stouffville. 

259. L. J. O. Sundin Bex 1302, Atikokan. 

260. J. A. Christendon. 66 Swanhurst Blvd., Streetsville. 

NAMES AND ADDRESSES SCRIBES "E" OF CHAPTERS— 1959-1960 

1. Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui — T. N. Clarke, 173 MacDonnell St., 
Kingston. 

2. The Hiram— Edward M. Marshall, 137 Emerald St. S., Hamilton. 

3. St. John's— Chas. G. Smuck, 20 Thornton Ave., London. 

4. The St. Andrew & St. John — Lester G. Jackson, 31 Ardrossan Place, 
Toronto 12. 

5. St. George's — J. A. Kennedy, 450 Base Line Road, London. 

6. St. John's— Chas. Pepper, 16 East 23rd Street, Hamilton. 

7. The Moira— S. H. Lennox, 265 Bleecker Ave., Belleville. 

8. King Solomon's— Arthur T. Lewis, 222 Ellerslie Ave., Willowdale. 
15: Wawanosh — Harold R. Marriott, 216 Kathleen Ave., Sarnia. 

%. Carleton — Fergus A. McDiarmid, 357 Waverley St., Ottawa. 

18. Oxford— R. D. McKenzie, 41 Wellington St. South, Woodstock. 

19. Mount Moriah — Chas. M. Porter, 21 Marquis Si^-St. Catharines. 

20. Mount Horeb— R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart Street, Brantford. 

22. Grenville— C. P. Laushway, Box 670, Prescott. 

23. Ezra— Thos. C. Holland, R.R. No. 1, Vittoria. 

24. Tecumseh— Geo. S. Atkins, 257 Ontario Street, Stratford. 
26 St. Marks— Frank W. Sherbert, 166 King Street, Trenton. 

27. Manitou — R. H. Davidson, 361 Cedar Street, Collingwood. 

28. Pentalpha— W. R. Jones, 625 Grierson St., Oshawa. 

29. McCallum— Frank R. Martin, 421 Pine St., Dunnville. 

30. Huron— Wm. H. Roope, Box 50, Goderich. 

31. Prince Edward— F. J. MacArthur, Box 216, Picton. 

32. Waterloo — Gordon J. Johnson, 55 Lansdowne Rd. South, Gait. 

34. Signet — A. G. Bowie, R.R. No. 5, Barrie. 

35. Keystone— Charies W. Stafford, Whitby. 



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36. Corinthian — D. Miller, 312 Bo:?well Avenue, Peterborough. 

37. Victoria^John F. Cornish, 41 Ellen St., Port Hope. 
41). Guelph — Jas. A. Robertson, 3 Eramosa Road, Guelph. 
41. Harris — Lyle L. Mansfield, Box 815, Ingersoll. 

44. Mount Sinai — Dr. G. L. Brown, Selbv. 

45. Excelsior — W. J. Troop. Jr.. Colborne. 

46. St. James-^J. W. Durr, Si. Mary's. 

47. Wellington — H. D. Paulucci, 47 Wilson Avenue, Chatham. 

48. St. John's— Eric W. Niles, Brook Rd., R.R. No. 5, Cobourg. 

53. Bruce— Robert M. Story. Petrolia. 

54. Palestine— K. S. Woodward, 45 Redan Street, St. Thomas. 

55. Niagara- S. J. May, 278 Gate St., Box 185, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

56. Georgian— Dr. C. J. Baxendale, 142-3rd St. A.W., Owen Sound. 

57. King Hiram— L. L. Doan, 803 Elm Street, Port Colborne. 

58. Pembroke — Dormant. 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence — H. N. McKenney, 16 Beecher St., Brockville. 

61. Granite — Cyril Osborne, Box 657, Almonte. 

62. York— Harold A. Armstrong. 1102 Avenue Road, Toronto 12. 

63. Havelock— R. J. Kincaid, P.O. Box 217, Kincardine. 

64. Willson — Ravmond S. Doan, 122 Norway, Welland. 

65. St. Paul's— C. C. Kilner, 35 Errington Ave., Toronto 7. 

66. The Malloch— C. A. Barber, Box 486, Seaforth. 

67. Enterprise— A. McGugan, Box 10, PalmerL«ton. 

68. Maitland— Cecil D. Beckett, Kemptville. 

69. Grimsby— W. Fairbrother, R.R. No. 2, Beamsville. 

71. Prince of Wales— R. Chas. Brush3tt, P.O. Box 68, Essex. 

72. Keystone— R. Earl Cox, 60 Emily St., Stirling. 

73. Erie— Thos. E. Armstrong, Box 326 Ridgetown. 

74. Beaver— A. W. Holt, Strathroy. 

75. St. Clair— Edwin Harrop, R.R. No. 5, Milton. 

76. Mount Nebo— Chas. H. Sheppard, 1896 Delaware St., Niagara Falls. 

77. Occident— S. Bustard, 111 Elmer Ave., Toronto 8. 

78. Minnewawa— Chas. J. Fox, R.R. No. 7, Parkhill. 

79. Orient— Albert 0. Cook, 1021-A Pape Ave., Toronto 6. 

80. Ark— Clarence W. Flett, 442 Askin Blvd., Windsor. 

81. Aylmer — Ray E. Moore, Box 1011, Avlmer. 

82. Shuniah— S. H. Green, 669 Red River Road, Port Arthur. 

83. Ionic — Wm. L. Ew'ng. 45 Wellington St., Orangeville. 

84. Lebanon — E. S. Gauley, Box 146, Wingham. 

88. MacNabb— Hugh M. Dunlop, R.R. No. 1, Turnerville. 

90. Golden— J. F. Bellamy, Box 279, Keewatin. 

91. Toronto-Antiquity — John B. Wallace (Acting Scribe E.), 514 Briar 
Hill Ave., Toronto 12. 

94. Midland — L. A. Gilkinson, 2 Wellington St., Lindsay. 

95. Tuscan— P. A. Coates, 107 Pine Street, Sudbury. 

102. Algonquin— George E. Hall, 34 Wemyss Street, Sault Ste. Marie. 

103. St. John's— J. H. Stevenson, 168 Main St. W., North Bay. 

104. White Oak— J. E. Taylor, 380 Marrison Rd., Oakville. 
110. Warkworth — Alan Buchanan, Warkworth. 

112. St. John's— E. J. MacDougal. Box 215, Morrisburg. 

113. Covenant — Geo. E. McCutcheon, 515 Guy Street, Cornwall. 

114. Bonnechere — H. Young, 137 Reglan St. North, Renfrew. 

115. Brant— H. J. Broughton, Box 402 Paris. 

116. Maple— W. E. S. Root, Box 1084, Carleton Place. 

117. Kitchener— W. R. Cooper, 952 Union St., Kitchener. 

119. King Cyrus — Gordon Bloomfield, 10 Howard Ave., Leamington. 

129. Elliot — J. K. Taylor, Box 238, Mitchell. 

130. Chantry— Howard Yates, Port Elgin. 

131. Amabel— G. Sinclair, Wiarton. 

132. Leeds— R. G. Kellv, Box 697, Ganonoque. 



128 GRAND CHAPTER OP CANADA 

133. St Francis— C. A. Bailey, 29 Glen Avenue, Smiths Falls. 

134. King Darius— E. R. Waines, Box 352, Cannington. 

135. Succoth— Harry V. Watson, Box 397, Uxbridge. 

138. Shekinah— Joe Benson, Apt. 202, 211 Wilson Ave., Toronto 12. 

140. Fort William— F. Gerrie, Box 142, 756 Kelly St., Fort William. 

143. Glengarry— Colin B. McDermid, P.O. Box 232, Maxville. 

144. Presqui'ile — Chas. A. Wilson, Box 40, Brighton. 

145. The St. Patrick— J. R. Legecy, 48 Braeside Road, Toronto 12. 

146. Bernard— W. H. Sargent, Box 373, Listowel. 

147. Lucknow — A. C. Agnew, Lucknow. 

148. St. John's— Stanley J. Hunter, Box 42, R.R. No. 2 Hawkesbury. 

149. Atwood — Alex Warnuk, Rainy River, 

150. London — John N. Duffy, 1245 Wilton Avenue, London. 

151. Laurentian — Lome A. Schultz, 291 Doran Street, Pembroke. 

152. Alberton— Donald C. Baldwin, P.O. Box 516, 725 Scott St., Fort 
Frances. 

153. Sombra — John Burnett, 444 Duncan Street, Wallaceburg. 

154. Klondike — Dormant — Dawson City, Yukon. 

155. Ancaster — E. L. Walker, Ryckman's Corners. 
161. Madoc — D. Kernohan, Box 519, Madoc. 

163. The Beaches— T. Middleton, 9 Hollywood Crescent, Toronto 8. 

164. Lome— Allan Stuart, R.R. No. 4, West Lome. 

167. Kichikewana — H. A. Humphries, 226 Dominion Avenue W., Midland. 

168. Ionic— Wm. H. Brady, 32A Front St. N., Campbellford. 

169. Temiskammg — D. C. Edwards, Box 550, New Liskeard. 

175. The Hamilton— Bertram C. Tebbs, Apt. 3, 23 Duke St., Hamilton. 

184. Hugh Murray — John E. Willis, 246 Emerick Avenue, Fort Erie. 

195. Peel — Gordon MacKenzie, 15 Frederick St., Brampton. 

198. Couchiching— H. K. Maynard, 109 Front St. S., Orillia. 

203. Cobalt— H. Arnold Todd, Box 549, Cobalt. 

205. Victoria— Herbert S. Sparks, 303 Finch Ave. East, Willowdale. 

210. Kitchener — Wendell Stanley, Russell. 

212. Mount Sinai— Abraham Fox, Apt. 401, 21 Tichester Road, Toronto 10. 

213. Northern Lights— L. H. Farrow, Box 114, 410 Patricia Blvd., Timmins. 

214. Vimy — J. Sam Maddock, R.R. No. 1, Alvinston. 

215. Mimico — T. B. Rogers. 11 Elma Street, Mimico, Toronto 14. 

217. St. Alban's— James Turnbull, 377 O'Connor Drive, Toronto 6. 

218. Prince Edward — Hilton Emrick, Homing's Mills. 

219. Ulster — J. Llewellyn Hewson, 113 Gorevale Ave., Toronto 3. 

220. Lebanon— Wm. M. Creech, 4245 Dundas St. W., Toronto 18. 

221. Durham— H. C. McKechnie, Box 10, Durham. 

222. Ottawa— W. C. Pescod, 89 Glen Ave., Ottawa. 

223. Abitibi— W. D. Irving Went, P.O. Box 125, Iroquois Falls. 

224. Keystone— J. S. Drysdale, 800 Cannon St. E., Hamilton. 

225. Beaver — John Richardson, 89 Langford Ave., Toronto 10. 

226. Prince of Wales— L. V. Wood, Box 197, Perth. 

227. Quinte Friendship — Mont. Barlow, 285 George Street, Belleville. 

230. Port Credit— Eugene Parkinson, 46 John St. South, Port Credit. 

231. The St. Clair— Herbert W. Powell, 48 Lincoln Ave., Toronto 9. 

232. King Cyrus— Robert Fick, 270 Oak Park Avenue, Toronto 13. 

233. Oakwood — Jack Burns (Acting), 404 Manor Rd. E., Toronto 10. 

234. Halton— Jack Addy, Glen Williams. 

235. Aurora — E. J. Eveleigh, Bex 34, 43 Connaught Ave., Aurora. 

236. Caledonia— Edgar C. Reid, Box 151, 29 Argyle St., Caledonia. 
238. The St. Andrew — A. V. Sedgwick, 194A Duchess Ave., London. 



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239. Blenheim— Ernest B. Fryer, Little Street, Blenheim. 

240. Smithville— E. A. Griffin, Smithville. 

241. University— Ernest Pickles. 101 Gledhill Ave., Toronto 13. 

242. St. Paul's— Jas. B. Lawrence, Beck Memorial Sanatorium, London. 

243. McKay— Arthur Winter-bottom, 267 Ottawa St. S., Hamilton. 

245. Preston— Alex P. Hertel, 558 Hamilton Street, Preston. 

246. Humber — Donald McLean, 207 John Street, Weston, Toronto 15. 
:247. Nilestown — Garfield Kirkpatrick, 381 Vancouver St., London. 

248. Dochert — George R. Clarke, Box 724, Arnprior. 

249. Palestine — L. W. Dippell, Box 1150, Bowmanville. 

250. Thomas Peters — Walter Hockney, 1542 Bruce Avenue, Windsor. 

251. Kirkland— Arnold Taylor, 88A Third St., Kirkland Lake. 

252. Hiawatha — John D. Van Home, 537 Hollywood Place, Sarnia. 

253. Regal— E. S. Ford, Box 370, Port Dover. 

254. Golden Star^John H. Gibson, Box 174, Dryden. 

255. Tillsonburg— Charles H. Swatridge, R.R. No. 2, Courtland. 

256. Yukon— Stephen Light, P.O. Box 815, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. 

257. Espanola — Eli Landry, Box 137, Espanola. 

258. Tyrian — Rev. Geo H. Thomas, 40 Ivordale Crescent, Scarboro. 

259. Quetico — E. I. Swanbergson, Box 608, 103 Pine Crescent, Atikokan. 

260. Centennial— W. F. Leuty, R.R. No. 2, Malton, Ont. 



130 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Grand First Principals . of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada from 1857 to 1959 



*W. M. Wilson 1857 

*Thompson Wilson 1858 

*T. D. Harington 1859> 

*John C. Franck 1861- 

*T. D. Harington 1863- 

7-8-! 

*S. B. Harman 1872 

*C. D. Macdonell 1873 

* Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875' 

*F. J. Menet 1877- 

*Daniel Spry 1879- 

*Donald Ross 1881 

*H. Macpherson 1883' 

*Thos. Sargant 1885 

*Rob. Hendry Jr 1887 

*R. B. Hungerford 1888- 

* J. J. Mason 1890- 

*J. E. Harding 1892- 

* J. Ross Robertson 1894- 

*M. Walsh 1896- 

*Wm. G. Reid 1899- 

*Wm. Gibson 1901- 

* A. Shaw 1903- 

*William Roaf 1905- 

* John Leslie 1907- 

*George Moore 1909- 



2 

4-5-6 

-70-1 



1 

3 

5 

7-8 

1900 

2 

4 



*Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 

*Daniel F. MacWatt 1913-4 

*Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-16 

*A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-18 

*Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

*H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

*Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

*Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

*Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

*Edwin Smith 1928-9 

*Walter G. Price, D.D.S. 1930-1 

*Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D. 1932-3 

*Alexander Cowan 1934 

*George L. Gardner 1935-6 

*Wm. Y. Mills 1937-8 

*Llewellyn F. Stephens . . 1939-40 

*John M. Empey 1941-2 

John M. Burden 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 1945-6 

Frederick W. Dean 1947-8 

Clarence MacL. Pitts 1949-50 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951-2 

* John A. M. Taylor 1953-4 

John L. House 1955-6 

Maurice A. Searle 1957-8 

Bruce H. Smith 1959- 



Honorary Past Grand First Principals and others of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada 



Elected 

*Henry Robertson 1888 

*Kivas Tully 1891 

*Hugh Murray 1903 

*Harry H. Watson 1909 



Melville S. Gooderham 1957 



Elected 

>E. T. Malone 1919 

f A. T. Freed 1920 

^Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

Roderick B. Dargavel 1941 



The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Galloway, Scotland— Grand Z. 1958 
M. Ex. Comp. Cecil S. Field, Scotland— Hon. Past Grand J. 1958 
R. Ex. Comp. Sir George Boag, England — Hon. Past Grand Supt. 1958 
R. Ex. Comp. William A. Laird, Scotland — Hon. Past Grand Scribe E. 1958 
R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sweeting, Victoria, Australia — Hon. Past Grand Prin. 
Soj. 1958 



Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter of Canada 



*Thomas B. Harris 1857-73 

*R. P. Stephens 1874-5 

* Daniel Spry 1876-7 

* David McLellan 1878-91 

*Thomas Sargant 1892-8 



*George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

*Henry T. Smith 1916-1928 

*Edwin Smith 1929-1949 

Fred J. Johnson 1949-1959 



^Deceased 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 131 



GRAND REPRESENTATIVES OURS 

AT GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Robt. N. McElhinney .69 Fuller Ave., Toronto 

Alberta R. V. E. Conover Box 717, Brampton 

Arizona Percy W. Rogers 144 Geoffrey St., Toronto 

Arkansas J. Howard Coleman 104 Lincoln Park Ave., Sarnia 

British Columbia John A. Mackie 10 Reigate Road, Toronto 18 

California Don Calder R.R. 1. Brooklin, Ont. 

Colorado Dr. Chas. B. Parker .... 145 South Drive, Toronto 

Connecticut Harvey J. Milne Kingston 

Delaware W. J. Grieson 161 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto 

Dist. of Columbia B. H. Smith 169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville 

Florida M. S. Gooderham 244 Inglewood Dr., Toronto 

Georgia E. T. Querney 114 Hyland Ave., Sudbury 

Idaho F. A. McDiarmid 357 Waverley St., Ottawa 

Illinois J. W. Woodland 595 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto 

Indiana A. L. Tinker 28 Anderson St., Toronto 

Iowa 

Ireland R. W. E. McFadden 4 Hart St., Brantford 

Kansas A. P. Goering 72 Amelia St., Hamilton 

Kentucky Rev. A. S. H. Cree Leamington 

Louisiana Jos. Carson 689 Colborne St., London 

Maine M. Roy Anderson 333 Bleeker St., Belleville 

Manitoba P. S. Jamieson 633 Albert St. E., Sault Ste. Marie 

Maryland Frank Todd 3000 Yonge St., Toronto 

Massachusetts A. J. Stringer 101 MacLean Ave., Toronto 

Michigan Fred W. Dean 244 Holton Ave. S., Hamilton 

Minnesota F. Carl Ackert 1 Lincoln Ave., Gait 

Mississippi H. T. C. Humphries 53 Clegg St., Ottawa 

Missouri C. Percy Eagle 46 Quebec St., Midland 

Montana D. Harcus 1523 Walsh St., Fort William 

Nebraska W. S. M. Enouy Apt. 4, 48 Lawton Blvd., Toronto 

Nevada Jos. Lofthouse, D.D 23 Melrose Ave. S., Hamilton 

New Brunswick A. Cavanagh 585 St. James St., London 

New Hampshire . . N. M. Sprague Trenton 

New Jersey G. H. Shannon 4 Queen St. N., Kitchener 

New Mexico . . Frank A. Copus Owen Sound 

New South Wales Fred J. Johnson 400 Lake Promenade, Long Branch 

New York John M. Burden 126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 

New Zealand ... Dr. J. Austin Evans ... 309 Avenue Rd., Toronto 

North Carolina ... Ben Scott 9 Prospect Ave., London 

North Dakota ... .J. L. Hewson 113 Gorevale Ave., Toronto 

Nova Scotia C. M. Pitts P.O. Box 374, Ottawa 

Ohio A. G. N. Bradshaw 655 Waterloo St., London 

Oklahoma A. F. Tannahill Apt. 104-780 Eglinton Ave. W., 

Toronto 

Oregon Wm. E. Tregenza 920 Mercer Ave., Windsor 

Pennsylvania John L. House 14 Pearson Ave., Toronto 

Philippines C. W. Emmett 1310 Tecumseh Park Dr., Pt. Credit 

Quebec M. A. Searle Apt. 206-111 Oriole Pkwy., Toronto 

Queensland Neil A. MacEachern .... Waterloo 

Rhode Island E. H. Brennan Leamington 

Saskatchewan ... J. E. Girven 581 Weller St., Peterborough 

Scotland Alex. M. Hannah 167 Albertus St., Toronto 

South Carolina Herb F. Thomson 69 Clarence St., Kingston 

South Dakota D. C. Patmore 10 Maple Dr., R.R. No. 3, Orillia 

Tennessee Chas. Fotheringham ... 70 Brock E., (Box 1035), Tillsonburg 

Texas A. C. Mason 65 Hohner Ave., Kitchener 

Utah Lloyd B. Gillespie 410 Eden Ave., Ottawa 

Vermont Chas. H. Sheppard 1896 Delaware St., Niagara Falls 

Victoria Alex Wishart 45 Wellington St., Woodstock 

Virginia Fred G. Smith 146 Broadway Ave., Ottawa 

Washington Reg. J. Lewis 421 St. Clarens Ave., Toronto 

Western Australia C. Everett Wood 115 Catherine St., Belleville 

West Virginia ... Fred Schytte 109 Yonge Blvd., Toronto 12 

Wisconsin Dr. S. Perlman 353 Bathurst St., Toronto 

Wyoming George Shute 426 Cartier Ave., Sudbury, Ont 



132 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

FROM GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Walter F. Estes 531 - 19th St. N., Birmingham 

Alberta J. D. O'Dell Edmonton 

Arizona Harold J. Fulton 627 W. Central St., Coolidge 

Arkansas L. W. Williams P.O. Box 105, Osceola 

British Columbia A. R. Byrnell 1375 Kamloops St., Vancouver 

California Angus L. Cavanagh .... 2032 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 

Colorado E. L. Bartholick 414 Equitable Bldg., Denver 

Connecticut C. J. Fairhurst Nor walk 

Delaware Elmer S. Howell 2106 Jefferson St., Wilmington 

Dist. of Columbia Lucien G. Yung Apt. 201 - 2803 Nicholson St., 

W. Hyattsville, Md. 

Florida H. J. Wendland 1019 - 14th St. West, Bradenton 

Georgia T. B. Elf e 1301 Vineville, Macon 

Idaho Chas. Hartung 430 - 6th Street, Payette 

Illinois Garland F. Thomas 6102 Dorchester Ave., Chicago 37 

Indiana William H. Baugh 6011-16th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 

Florida 

Iowa E. W. F. Holler Brooklyn 

Ireland 

Kansas Roy H. Clossen Cof feyville 

Kentucky Allen Earl Bell Moreland 

Louisiana Rev. A. A. McKnight . . . .P.O. Box 574, De Quincy 

Maine John G. Faas . Benton Station 

Manitoba Frank W. Brownell .... 82 McAdam Ave., Winnipeg 

Maryland Gerald M. Pine Denton 

Massachusetts W. F. Clark 660 Belmont St., Watertown 

Michigan Arthur Burke 1721 - 16th St., Port Huron 

Minnesota C. A. Olsen 6121 Worden St., Duluth 

Mississippi Justin N. Jones Hattiesburg 

Missouri Chester Selby Lebanon 

Montana Marion A. Averill Box 254, Choteau 

Nebraska Hammond A. Sharp .... 4016 North 26th, Omaha 

Nevada Carl F. Dodge Fallon 

New Brunswick . Fred E. Mallory R.R. No. 6, Woodstock 

New Hampshire . . Rev. Wm. Barnes 32 Prospect St., Lancaster 

New Jersey . . .Dr. Godfrey Pittis Allendale 

New South Wales Norman Sontar 8 George's River Rd., Sydney 

New York Clifford A. McDonald ..Medina 

New Zealand Norman B. Spencer ... Box 315, Auckland, CI. 

New Mexico William L. Ranville ... 1515 Los Tomases Drive, N. W. 

Albuquerque 

North Carolina ...E. G. LaPatra 65 Vermont Ave., Asheville 

North Dakota Clifford E. Miller Fargo 

Nova Scotia P. S. Cochrane Wolfville 

Ohio J. A. Gorham Box 276, Bellevue 

Oklahoma Frank E. Eldred R. F. D. No. 1, Drumright 

Oregon Rex W. Davis 841 Saginaw St., Salem, Oregon 

Pennsylvania .... Arthur L. Miller 1303 Arkansas Ave., Pittsburg 16 

Philippines Primo I. Guzman c/o 520 San Marcelino, Manila 

Quebec Arthur J. Osgood 216 Lafayetet St., Montreal S. 

Queensland Dr. L. T. Jobbins 113 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane B17 

Rhode Island .... C. A. South worth 208 Raleigh Ave., Pawtuckett 

Saskatchewan Lome Johnson 503 Sterling Trust Bldg., Regina 

Scotland Rt. Hon. The Earl of 

Galloway 76 Queen St., Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina . . Wm. N. Bradford Sumter 

South Dakota Joseph Hansen Horley 

Tennessee R. K. Roney, Sr Newbern, Route 2 

Texas J. O. Caruthers Box 151, Rosenberg 

Utah Herman L. Bauer 2626 Highland Dr., Salt Lake City 6 

Vermont George E. Cummings ... Windsor, Vermont 

Victoria 

(Australia) Allen Grant 6 Secord Ave., East Kew, Melbourne 

Virginia Claude E. Schools 130 W. Belvedere Rd., Norfolk 

Washington Albert Jensen 3917 Densmore Ave., Seattle 

Western Australia Dr. J. L. Rossiter "Yarras Lee" Karrinyup via Mount 

Hawthorne 

West Virginia . . C. C. McGhee Huntington 

Wisconsin S. J. Dunn Box 204, 1018 Racine Av., Waukesha 

Wyoming Carl S. Gilbert Laramie 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1959 133 

GRAND SECRETARIES 

FROM GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Grand Chapter Name Residence 



Box 98. Mas. Temp., Montgomery 
117 - 3rd Ave., Anchorage 
1717 - 28th Ave. W.. Calgary 
Box 1488, Mas. Temp., Tuscon 
Box 2216, Little Rock 
4659 W. 8th Ave., Vancouver 



Alabama Charles H. Stubinger 

Alaska A. A. Johnson 

Alberta (G.S.E.) F. J. Hand 

Arizona Joseph A. E. Ivey 

Arkansas . . CD. Hill 

British Columbia (G.S.E.) E. B. Baker 

California Chester D. Newell Rm. 423, Mas. Temp., San Francisco 

Canada (G.S.E.) Fred J. Johnson Room 712, Temple Bldg., Toronto 

Colorado Harry W. Bundv Room 300, Mas. Temp., Denver 

Connecticut Bliss W. Clark Box 838, New Britain 

Delaware Alfred H. Coe 1500 Industrial Tr. Bldg., 

Wilmington, 99 
Dist. of Columbia R. N. Babcock 801 - 13th St. N. W., Mas. Temp.. 

Washington 

England (G.S.E.) J. W. Stubbs Freemasons Hall, London, W.C.2 

Florida John B. Phelps Box 283, Miami 

Georgia W. J. Penn, Jr 801 Mulberry St., Macon 

Idaho Edward H. Way Box 1753, Boise 

Illinois Edward E. Core Masonic Temple, Dixon 

Indiana Earl B. Forney 1204 Main St., Elwood, Ind. 

Iowa Ross J. Gamblin Bullock Bldg., Atlantic 

Ireland (G.Reg.) James O. Harte Freemasons Hall, Moleworth St., 

Dublin 

Kansas Chas. S. McGinnis 320 West 8th, Topeka 

Kentucky Chas. K. A. McGaughey Richmond Rd., R.R. 7, Lexington 

Louisiana Lee W. Harris Box 404, Mas. Temple, Alexandria 

Maine Earle D. Webster Masonic Temple, Portland 

Manitoba (G.S.E.) C. J. Hutchings 15 Crowson Bay, Fort Garry, 

Winnipeg 9 
Maryland . . Dr. Ross Vansant Jr. Masonic Temple. Baltimore 

Massachusetts . W. F. Clark Box 703, Mas. Temp., Boston 16 

Michigan Roy Andrus Masonic Temple, Lansing 

Minnesota John H. Anderson Masonic Temple, St. Paul 2 

Mississippi Sid F. Curtis Meridian 

Missouri Ray V. Denslow . . Trenton 

Montana Wm. A. Thaanum 218 So. Robert St., Helena 

Nebraska Carl R. Greisen . ... 401 Mas. Temp., 19th & Douglas, 

Omaha 
Nevada . . E. C. Peterson 500 Mountain St., Carson City 

New Brunswick (G.S.E.) Roy E. Crawford P.O. Box 184, St. John 

New Hampshire Hiram W. Johnson 3 Highland Ave., Antrim 

New Jersey Wm. Beck 269 Power St., New Brunswick 

New Mexico Elmer H. Rieman . P.O. Box 6719 Roswell 

New South Wales F. R. Sinden Manchester Unity Bldg., 

160 Castlereigh St., Sydney 

New York George A. Lambert Mas. Temple, New York City 10 

New Zealand (G.S.E.) E. Cannons Box 1845 Wellington 

North Carolina . J. H. Parker Box 792, New Bern 

North Dakota . Clifford E. Miller 1213 - 11th Ave. N., Fargo 

Nova Scotia (Gr.Sec.) H. F. Sipprell Box 322, Halifax, N.S. 

Ohio Ralph W. Smith P.O. Box 32, Westerville, Ohio 

Oklahoma James A. Lathin Mas. Temple, Muskogee 

Oregon Richard H. Tusant 1119 S. W. Park Ave., Portland 5 

Pennsylvania John C. F. Kitselman .. Masonic Temple, Philadelphia 7 

Philippines Antonio Gonzalez . . . 1440 San Marcelino, Manila 

Quebec (G.S.E.) H. Pickering 1559 St. Mark St., Montreal 

Queensland .... 

(Australia) C. W. Coulter Box 425 F., Brisbane 

Rhode Island H. A. Reed 160 Grace St., Cranston 10 

Saskatchewan . ... (G.S.E.) Alfred A. Wilson 2223 Rae St., Regina 

Scotland (G.S.E.) W. A. Laird . 76 Queen St., Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina . Henry F. Collins 901 Palmetto State Life Bldg., 

Columbia 1 
South Dakota Elvin F. Strain Box 468, Masonic Temple, 

Sioux Falls 
Tennessee T. E. Doss 100-108 Seventh Ave. N.. (Box 216), 

Nashville 2 

Texas Fred F. DeVaney P.O. Box 296, Waco 

Utah Bert Atwater Masonic Temple, Salt Lake City 

Vermont Aaron H. Grout Masonic Temple, Burlington 

Victoria, Australia (G.S.E.) H. O. Thomas 164 Flinders St., Melbourne C.I. 

Virginia Carl F. Wood Masonic Temple, Richmond 20 

Washington Walter H. Steffey . . 2323 East 27th St., Seattle 55 

Western Australia Hugh C. Anderson 65 St. George's Terrace, Perth 

West Virginia Nelson S. Orkney P.O. Box 367, Webster Springs 

Wisconsin Earl G. Gile 207 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee 2 

Wyoming Irving E. Clark Box 1311, Casper 

General 

Grand Chapter . Roscoe R. Walcutt 1605-8 East Broad St., Columbus 15, 

Ohio 
England-Wales . ...Lt. Col. J. W. Chitty ... Mark Masons' Hall, 

(M.M.M.L*ge) 40 Upper Brook St., London W.l 



INDEX OF PROCEEDINGS OF GRAND CHAPTER 

Page 

ADDRESS (Report of Activities) of GRAND Z. 22 

ANNIVERSARIES 28 

ARCHIVE COMMITTEE 114 
AWARDS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL 

Report of Committee 89 

BANQUET ANNUAL Ill 

BENEVOLENT COMMITTEE 

Members 113 

Report of Committee 88 

BURSARY COMMITTEE 114 
BY-LAWS 

Amendments to Chapter By-Laws 37 

CHAPTERS 

Dormant 37 

COMMITTEES OF GRAND CHAPTER 113-114 

COMMUNICATIONS AND GREETINGS 107-108 
CONDITION OF CAPITULAR MASONRY 

Committee on 113 

Committee Report 89-92 
CONSTITUTION LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 

Committee on 83 

CORRESPONDENCE FRATERNAL 

Committee on 113 

Report (See Back of this Book) Appendix 

CONVOCATIONS 

Annual : Toronto 11 

Especial: 

Nilestown 5 

Milton 6 

Streetsville 7 

Atikokan 7 

Stoney Creek 8 

Morrisburg 9 

Wallaceburg 9 

CREDENTIAL COMMITTEE 

Report 16-20 

DEATHS 99 

DEDICATIONS 36 

DEMITS 120-121 

DISPENSATIONS 36 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 12 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL 89 

Committee on Award 114 

Report of Committee 89 

DISTRICTS 1 TO 17, LIST OF 

With Chapters 121-123 
EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTION 

Committee 113 

Report of Committee 89 

ELECTION 

Report 103-104 



Page 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND APPOINTMENTS 

Members 109-112 

FINANCES 38 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Members 113 

Report of 92-94 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Auditors' Report 74-79 

FIRST PRINCIPALS OF CHAPTERS 

List of Names and Addresses 123-126 

FRATERNAL DEAD 

Committee 113 

Report of Committee 95-100 

GRAND CHAPTER 

Appreciation 42 

Opening 12 

Closing 106 

Call Off 103 

Call On 103 

History 39 

GRAND Z. 

Address . 22-44 

Report of Committee on 86-88 

Visitations 25-27 

GRAND FIRST PRINCIPALS 

Elected 130 

Honourary 130 

GRAND MASTER 

Remarks 65 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

List of 131-132 

Recommended 28 

Roll Call 20-21 

GRAND HISTORIAN 

Election 88 

GRAND SECRETARIES 

List of, with Addresses 138 

GRAND SCRIBE E. 

Report of 69-73 

Past Grand S. E's 130 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

Confirmation of Appointment 113 

Reports of 45-65 

GRAND TREASURER'S 

Financial Statement 66 

GRIEVANCES AND APPEAL'S 

Committee 113 

Report of Committee 86 

GUESTS, DISTINGUISHED 12-13 

HONOURS 28 

IN MEMORIAM 102 

INSTALLATION 108 

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 37 



Page 

INVESTMENTS 38 

Committee on 113 

Report of Committee 81-82 

MASONIC LIBRARY, TORONTO 34 

MEMBERSHIP 34-35 

Committee 114 

Report of Committee 104-107 
MINUTES 

Confirmation 16 

MEMORIAL SERVICE 13-14 

NECROLOGY (OUR DEPARTED COMPANION'S) 24-25 

NEW ROYAL ARCH CHAPTERS 35 
NOMINATIONS 

Special Committee 37 

OBSERVATIONS 

By Grand Z. (Conclusion) 40-42 
OFFICERS OF GRAND CHAPTER 

Appointed 109-111 

Elected 103-104 

PAST RANK 38-39 

PLACE OF MEETING 111 
PRESENTATION 

Past Grand First Principals 14 

Toronto Districts 14 

Presentation of Jewels 29-31 

PRINTING SUPPLIES 

Committee on 113 

Report 80 

REPORTS 

(Committee Reports Listed Under Committee) 

Grand Historian 88 

Grand Scribe E. 69-73 

Grand Superintendents 45 

Grand Treasurer 66 

RESOLUTION — VOTE OF THANKS 108 

RESTORATIONS 120 

ROYAL ARCH MASONS' WELFARE 31-33 
SCRIBE E. OF CHAPTERS 

Names and Addresses 126-129 

STATISTICAL TABLES 115-119 

SUSPENSIONS 120 

TORONTO DISTRICTS EXTEND WELCOME 14 

UNIVERSITY BURSARIES 33-34 
VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Financial Statement 78 

Committee on 81 

WARRANTS AND DISPENSATIONS 

Committee on 113 

Report of Committee 85 



FRATERNAL 



CORRESPONDENCE 



REVIEW OF THE GRAND CHAPTERS 

Alphabetically Arranged 

Page 

Alabama 4 

Alberta 5 

Arizona 6 

Arkansas 7 

British Columbia 9 

California 10 

Colorado H 

Connecticut 12 

Delaware 13 

District of Columbia 14 

England 15 

Florida 15 

Georgia 16 

Idaho 16 

Illinois 17 

Indiana 18 

Iowa 18 

Ireland 19 

Kansas 20 

Kentucky 21 

Louisiana 21 

Maine 22 

Manitoba 23 

Maryland 23 

Massachusetts 24 

Michigan 24 

Minnesota 25 

Mississippi 26 

Missouri 27 



Page 

Montana 27 

Nebraska 28 

Nevada 28 

New Brunswick 29 

New Hampshire 30 

New Jersey 30 

New York 31 

New Zealand 32 

North Carolina 32 

North Dakota 34 

Nova Scotia 35 

Ohio 36 

Oklahoma 37 

Oregon 38 

Pennsylvania 39 

Republic of the Philippines 40 

Quebec 42 

Rhode Island and Providence Plantations 42 

Saskatchewan 44 

Scotland 44 

South Carolina 45 

South Dakota 46 

Tennessee 46 

Texas 47 

Utah 48 

Vermont 48 

Victoria 49 

Virginia 50 

Washington 51 

West Virginia 52 

Wisconsin 52 

General Grand Chapter 53 

Mark Masons of England 54 



CAPITULAR REVIEW 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario, 1959 

FOREWORD 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Com- 
panions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

It is my pleasure to present to you a Fraternal Review of the Pro- 
ceedings of All Grand Jurisdictions in England, Ireland, Scotland, the 
United States of America, in Canada and Sister Dominions of the British 
Commonwealth whose proceedings were received at the time of sending 
copy to the printer. Because of circumstances beyond our control we have 
had to hurry our review and, as a result, we may have overlooked im- 
portant matters in the Proceedings of various Grand Jurisdictions which 
greater leisure would have provided opportunity to adequately assess and 
include. This is especially true of Grand Chapters dealt with in the latter 
part of our efforts when we had to speed up in order to be complete at 
the deadline assigned to us. To all such Grand Chapters we offer our 
apologies. There were many eloquent and instructive passages in ad- 
dresses and orations that neither space nor time permitted us to include. 

For the same reason your Reviewer has not attempted to make a 
summary of statistics and to generalize upon conditions of Capitular 
Masonry as has been so capably done in recent years by my predecessor 
in his annual report on Fraternal Correspondence for Canada. 

I conclusion may I be permitted to quote from the closing words of 
the late M. E. Comp. George L. Gardiner in his Foreword of 1949: "And 
now my task is done, my journey through the realm of Capitularism 
ended and it is time to say adieu. Deo Volente — we shall meet again to 
strengthen and lengthen the silver cord of friendship, that great attri- 
bute of human-kind that is woven into the very woof and Warp of our 
Masonic Art." 



BENJAMIN S. SCOTT. 



April, 1959. 



Alabama 

Hoyt McClendon, Grand High Priest 
Chas. H. Stubinger, Grand Secretary 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the state of Alabama held its One 
Hundred and Thirty-First Annual Convocation in the city of Birmingham, 
beginning on Monday, February 10th, 1958, at ten o'clock A.M. 

Woodlawn Chapter No. 146 R. A. M., host chapter, opened their 
Chapter in full form. After which, the Grand High Priest and other 
Grand Officers were invited into the Hall and seated in their respective 
Stations. 

A large number of distinguished visitors were introduced, accorded 
the proper Grand Honours and given a most cordial welcome. 

In his address the M. E. Grand High Priest stated his conviction that 
Royal Arch Masonry in Alabama is still on the forward march. "As 
emphasized in my visits to the Chapters over the state, the number of 



Companions going suspended each year for non-payment of dues is 
alarming. This is our greatest drawback. Something: can be done about it. 
We should put a personal touch into our contacts with those Companions 
about to be suspended. Let them know that they are wanted and by 
personal contact urge them to continue their membership in their 
Chapter. Mailinp; of a statement of dues by the Secretary will not ac- 
complish the desired results." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer indicated a healthy financial 
condition with a bank balance December 31st, 1957, of $15,610.46 and 
total cash and bonds $61,522.02. 

Among; the Grand representatives present was Walter F. Estes of 
Canada. E. Companion Thomas W. Oliver, Chairman of the Committee on 
Masonry and American Citizenship, submitted his report and it was 
adopted. "With the world confronted with problems which do not radiate 
great cheer, we may wonder what our individual responsibilities as Royal 
Arch Masons must be. The scientific achievements by other nations and 
at last our realization of our antiquated and inadequate educational sys- 
stem confronts us with a challenge greater than any we have ever had 
before." "As individuals and as a nation, we will not reach our maximum 
until we help those who live in this world with us to reach theirs in 
Plenty and Peace. To be strong, the strong must serve. Companions, that 
is our challenge and our responsibility." 

At the election of Grand Officers, Earl D. Holmes was chosen as 
the Most Excellent Grand High Priest. 

There being no further business to come before the Grand Chapter 
after prayer, by the Right Excellent and Reverend Grand Chaplain, the 
Most Excellent Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Alabama was 
closed in ample form at 3:46 P.M. on February 11th, 1958. 

Alberta 

M. E. Companion Bernard C. Jakeman, Grand First Principal 

M. E. Companion Fred Hand, Grand Scribe E 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta Forty-Fourth An- 
nual Convention was held in Calgary May 14, 1958. 

The committee on Credentials having reported that a Constitutional 
number of Chapters were represented by their qualified representatives, 
the Forty-Fourth Annual Convocation was opened in ample form at 9:40 
A.M. on Wednesday, May 14, 1958, A. L. 2488, by the Grand First Prin- 
cipal Most Excellent Companion Bernard C. Jakeman. 

The Grand First Principal then requested the Companions to rise 
while a blessing was asked of the Most High for the success of the 
Grand Chapter. The reception of distinguished guests followed. His 
Honour Mayor Don McKay, being introduced and welcomed, said that he 
was indeed pleased to have the opportunity of addressing such a dis- 
tinguished delegation of Masons. He said, "It is a privilege to come here 
and welcome you, and during your stay in our city we hope that you will 
be pleased with the way we have tried to make our city one of the beauty 
spots in the province. We always appreciate your decision to hold your 
meetings in Calgary." The Grand First Principal requested the Grand 
Scribe Ezra to read the names of the Past First Principals and asked 
that they would assemble at the altar. They were then welcomed by the 
Grand First Principal who spoke of the great contribution each had made 
to Capitular Masonry in the years that have passed and the steadying 
influence that each had given to the Order. He thanked them for their 
guidance and support. 

The report of the Grand First Principal dealt with visits within his 
own jurisdiction and to sister jurisdictions. Among these he spoke of the 



Conference of Grand Chapters of Canada held in the Hotel London, 
London, Ontario, August 13th and 14th, 1957. 

Two very special guests were also in attendance: 111. Bro. Fred King- 
mill, Deputy Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland, Provincial 
Grand Lodge of Ontario and Deputy for Ontario of the Supreme Council 
33 Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Dominion 
of Canada, and M. E. Companion Judge Roscoe R. Walcutt, Grand Secre- 
tary of the General Grand Chapter R. A. M., M. E. Companion Walcutt 
was the guest speaker at the opening banquet. 

Reporting on the Triennial Convocation of General Grand Chapter he 
said, "Here is an extract well worth considering: 'When a Companion is 
elected or appointed to a station that leads to his being chosen as Grand 
First Principal, the best Companion possible should be chosen. What he 
did as First Principal of his own Chapter, his record in other Masonic 
bodies, and his enthusiasm for the advancement of Royal Arch Masonry 
should be considered. We have never been sold on picking Companions 
for Grand office because of geographical location unless the right man 
can be found in that locality'." 

The Royal Arch Mason magazine now has over 100,000 subscribers 
and recently plans have been made whereby a Companion can have a 
life member's subscription for $10.C'0. 

The Grand Scribe E reports our membership for the year ending 
December 31st, 1957, was 3,592, this being an increase of 65. 

The Committee on the Condition of Capitular Masonry in Alberta 
again finds that a general spirit of enthusiasm and optimism prevailing. 
It is also most pleasing to report that during the year all of our Grand 
Superintendents fulfilled their duties conscientiously, diligently and 
enthusiastically and in some cases at no little inconvenience and expense. 
Your committee is glad to note that a fair number of Chapters, though 
far from all, do arrange Masonic educational activities by means of 
lectures, papers, discussions, etc. Such activities are an important item 
in our duties as Royal Arch Masons. 

The following officers were elected: 

Grand First Principal — M. E. Companion A. F. Lissach. 

Grand Second Principal — R. E. Companion C. M. Laverty. 

Grand Third Principal — R. E. Companion H. B. Wilks. 

Grand Scribe Ezra (Grand Sec.) — M. E. Companion F. J. Hand. 

Next place of Annual Convocation — Edmonton, May 13th, 1959. 

The Forty-Fourth Annual Convocation of the Royal Arch Masons of 
Alberta was closed in ample form at 4:45 P.M. by the Grand First Prin- 
cipal, M. E. Companion A. F. Lissack. 



Arizona 
Harry F. Dise, Grand High Priest 
Joseph A. E. Ivey, Grand Secretary 
The Sixty-Seventh Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal 
Arch Masons of Arizona was held in the Masonic Temple in the city of 
Prescott, Arizona, on the 29th day of October, A.D. 1957. A goodly at- 
tendance of Past Grand High Priests and Grand representatives were 
present. All Constituent Chapters answered present except one. A num- 
ber of distinguished guests were present. They were welcomed by Grand 
High Priest Dise and given Grand Honours. 

In his address, the M. E. Companion Harry F. Dise, Grand High 
Priest, said, "To those who have attended regularly in the past I need 
only say how pleasant it is to see all of you again. Your faithfulness in 
returning year after year points with emphasis to your love for Capitular 



Masonry, and the experience and wisdom you have acquired throughout 
the years is of inestimable value in formulating the policies for the 
future. To our distinguished guests who have travelled many miles to be 
with us today I especially extend a most cordial welcome. We appreciate 
your coming and sincerely hope and trust your visit with us will be 
profitable and enjoyable and that you will carry home most pleasant 
memories." 

Two new lodges were constituted during this Capitular year and 
each was presented a flag of the United States as a gift from the Grand 
Chapter of Arizona. 

The Grand High Priest reported that no amendment to Chapter 
By-laws was submitted for approval this Capitular year and that no for- 
mal request for an opinion or decision came to his office during the year. 
He then proceeded with a lengthy list of visitations, several of them being 
most interesting occasions of which we would like to make detailed 
reports if time and space permitted. 

The Supreme High Priest, in His infinite wisdom, has called many of 
our Companions from our earthy Chapters to that Celestial Chapter 
above where membership is eternal. They have left us and we mourn for 
them. We extend our deepest sympathy to the relatives and friends of 
our departed Companions and express our sincere and fraterinal sym- 
pathy to our sister Grand Jurisdictions in the loss of their distinguished 
members. 

"Somewhere back of the sunset, where loveliness never dies, 
They live in a land of glory, with the blue and gold of the skies, 
And we, who have loved them and lost them, whose passing has 
caused us tears, 
Shall cherish their memory always, through all the coming years." 

"Let us now stand for a moment in silent memory, after which the 
Grand Chaplain will offer a prayer for the departed Companions." 

"Visiting other Grand Jurisdictions is one of the most delightful 
phases of being Grand High Priest. While we enjoy splendid fraternal 
relations with our adjoining sister jurisdictions, there should be more 
visitations at annual Convocations. Not only do we cultivate closer 
friendships, exchange views on mutual problems, increase our knowledge 
and experience, but we display a unity and strength that will attract 
attention to the good deeds and works done for all mankind by members 
of the Masonic Fraternity." 

The Grand High Priest recommended initiating correspondence with 
the Grand Chapters of Royal Arch Masons of Mexico and Western Ger- 
many, extend fraternal greetings and express a desire to be represented 
near their respective Grand Jurisdictions. 

The report of the Grand Secretary recorded a net gain in member- 
ship of 38 in 1956. 

The election of Grand Chapter officers resulted in Fred P. Misak 
being elected Grand High Priest for 1957-58. 

The Sixty-Seventh Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Arizona was brought to a close at the 
hour of 5:30 P.M. with prayer by the Grand Chaplain. 

Arkansas 

Roy Redman, Grand High Priest 
Charles D. Hill, Grand Secretary 
The One Hundred and Ninth Convocation of M. E. Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of Arkansas met at Little Rock, Arkansas, February 17, 1958. 

Full form opening of a Subordinate Chapter was exemplified by 
Union Chapter No. 2, C. L. Worthington presiding. 



The roll call of subordinate chapters indicated 37 subordinate chap 
ters presently represented. 

Following a prayer of Invocation by the Grand Chaplain Conrad N. 
Glover, the Grand High Priest declared the Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of Arkansas convened in its one hundred and ninth convocation. 

Reception of many distinguished guests followed and the convener 
of the committee on arrangements said, "We welcome you and sincerely 
hope that you will find this a most fruitful and constructive session. We 
are honoured by the presence of a large group of distinguished com- 
panions from our sister jurisdictions and we appreciate your attendance 
and wish you to carry back to your city and state and to your Grand 
Chapters the kindest fraternal greetings from Arkansas." Among the 
representatives from Foreign Jurisdictions was L. W. Williams represent- 
ing Canada. The visitors attending for the first time were elected to 
honorary membership. 

In his address the Grand High Priest said, "I welcome you to this, 
the 109th Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Arkansas. As 
we meet in another Convocation and greet with joy many of our Com- 
panions of former years, we are saddened over the loss of many of our 
former Companions who have laid down the working tools of life and 
have passed through the veils into the Temple where the Supreme High 
Priest presides. We extend our fraternal sympathy to the relatives and 
friends of those who have passed on to higher service. I visited 28 sub- 
ordinate Chapters and found most of them needing leadership and 
instruction on the Ritual. Some few Chapters need only candidates. I 
have appointed a committee to study this condition which exists all over 
the State. The committee will be known as the State of the Rite Com- 
mittee. 

"Our Grand Chapter has suffered a great loss in the past two years 
due to suspensions. In 1956 we had a total membership of 8,708. Today 
we come to this Grand Chapter with 8,219, or a loss of 517 members. I 
trust that this Convocation will try to find a way to reduce these losses." 

The Grand Treasurer reported $23,100.00 to be the value at maturity 
of government bonds in the treasury. Total assets $48,854.40. 

The Grand Secretary reported that all fifty-five chartered Chapters 
had sent in reports. Ten Chapters showed a gain in membership and 
while these gains were small, it is good to know that they were in the 
gain column. Twenty-nine Chapters showed a loss due to suspensions. 
This brings up for comment a matter which I think is very dangerous 
and which if something is not done to remedy the situation will lead to 
disastrous results. This is the matter of legislation passed last year 
which provides that any Companion who has not paid his dues by Decem- 
ber 31st is automatically suspended. It is my judgment that when secre- 
taries of Chapters have only to wipe the slate clean if men do not pay, 
that we can expect this condition to continue. When I was representing 
this Grand Chapter at Sun Valley I discussed this mater with a Past 
Grand Priest of Illinois. He stated that this system was in effect for 
eight years in Illinois and almost resulted in suspensions of operations of 
the Grand Chapter of Illinois. The legislation was repealed after eight 
years, but they waited too long. Amended legislation provided that a 
member could not be suspended until he had been visited by three separate 
committees of the chapter. This has reduced suspensions." 

The report of the Committee on the state of the Rite was quite frank 
and outspoken. This serious analysis of the condition of affairs as they 
see it may be applied in many jurisdictions. Therefore we quote it as 
follows: 

"No greater disservice can be rendered the Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of Arkansas than to have a man come to the station of Grand 



High Priest without a definite program and without being familiar with 
the problems that confront the Grand Chapter. Too often a man sits in 
the chairs from the time he was elected Grand Master of the First Veil 
until he is installed G. H. P. without learning what it is all about. This 
must cease if Royal Arch Masonry is not to die in this jurisdiction. If a 
companion aspires to serve as Grand High Priest or if the Grand Chapter 
calls upon him to serve, he should not accept unless he has time and the 
inclination and the energy to serve and do a good job. This is no empty 
honour. It requires much time. It will certainly require long hours of 
night driving and it will require consummate skill in planning a program 
and working with people." 

The remainder of this report constitutes one of the strongest indict- 
ments we have ever seen printed in connection with the state of Capitular 
Masonry in any jurisdiction. It might do us all a great deal of good to 
read it and contemplate thereon. 

Motion was made and seconded that Fraternal Relations be estab- 
lished between the Grand Chapter and the Grand Chapters of the Nether- 
lands, Germany, and Argentina, and that representatives be exchanged. 
The motion was adopted. 

We should like to quote from several splendid addresses of distin- 
guished guests but neither space nor time will permit. 

Roy S. Bucy, Rector, Arkansas, was elected Grand High Priest, C. D. 
Hill, Little Rock, Arkansas, was elected Grand Secretary. 

After the remarks of the newly installed Grand High Priest the Con- 
vocation was closed with prayer by the Grand Chaplain. 

British Columbia 

Arthur Hamilton, Grand Z. 
Edgar B. Baker, Grand Scribe E. 

The Fortieth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of British 
Columbia was held in Vancouver on Monday, June 16, 1958. There were 
150 delegates from 34 Chapters and 32 visitors present. The Convocation 
was opened in ample form by M. E. Companion Arthur Hamilton, Grand 
Z. 

In his address the Grand Z said, "Our wonderful province is this year 
celebrating its Centennial which truly is a milestone worthy of recogni- 
tion. It is interesting to note that although the Grand Lodge of British 
Columbia will celebrate next year one hundred years of Masonry in 
British Columbia and this year is holding its annual 87th Annual Con- 
vocation, this Grand Chapter was only organized as recently as 1919. 
Yet Capitular Masonry was in evidence during the early days of this 
province and contributed to its history. Columbia Chapter No. 1, Vic- 
toria, was instituted as early as 1867 so we as Royal Arch Masons can 
reasonably share in some measure in the celebration of this Centennial 
year. 

"Since last we met many of our dear Companions of this and sister 
jurisdictions have passed within the last Veil, there to stand in the 
presence of Him whose sacred and mysterious Name we reverence. In 
reverent silence let us pay tribute to all those who have laid down the 
well-worn working tools of earth and have found elsewhere better work 
to do." 

The Grand Chapter of Canada this year celebrated its One Hundredth 
Anniversary. Our Grand Scribe E. Most Excellent Companion E. B. Baker 
represented British Columbia on this important occasion. Companion 
Baker was much impressed by the efficiency of the arrangements for this 
huge undertaking, the courteous reception extended and unbounded hos- 
pitality of the Grand Chapter of Canada towards their guests. 



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The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 4,806, a net increase 
for the year of 137. 

Many excellent reports followed. 

M. E. Companion T. W. H. Walker was elected Grand First Principal 
Z. 

There being no further business the Grand Chapter of British Co- 
lumbia was closed in Ample Form by M. E. Companion T. W. H. Walker, 
Grand Z. 



California 

Kenneth V. Mills, Grand High Priest 
Chester H. Newell, Grand Secretary 

The Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of the State of Cali- 
fornia held its One Hundred and Fourth Annual Convocation at the 
Miramer Hotel in the city of Santa Barbara, April 21st and 22nd, 1958. 

In his address the Grand High Priest welcomed the Companions and 
distinguished visitors. He said, "We are privileged and honoured to have 
with us, among our distinguished guests, the General Grand High Priest 
of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Most Excellent 
Companion J. Luther Jordan. 

"Today some of our Companions are missing, as they have been 
called to higher service. Our sympathy goes out to the relatives and 
friends." Prayer followed by the Grand Chaplain. 

In my opinion one of the finest and most complete reports is rendered 
by our Excellent Companion Emmett Ernst, Chairman of the Committee 
on Fraternal Correspondence. 

The Grand High Priest in reporting his visits to other Jurisdictions 
made special mention of his visits to the annual sessions of the Grand 
York Rite Bodies of Arizona held in Prescott, October 27-30, 1957, and to 
his visit to Mexico. 

"It is noted that there has been a great increase in Chapter activities. 
I have observed that Capitular Masonry has penetrated our Chapter walls 
and has extended out into the great open spaces, where, under nature's 
starlighted canopy, our beautiful degrees are put on in a manner that 
could only be indelibly impressed. I speak of Darius Chapter No. 143 and 
their famous Mt. Helix degree which has become of nation-wide repute. 

"I have particularly observed during this year the great improvement 
in Ritualistic work and general morale of our Chapters, and I truly be- 
lieve this is due in a large measure to the devoted services and untiring 
efforts of our Grand Lecturer. 

"The most important work to be considered is the proper impression 
we give our candidates. One of the most creditable efforts put forth by a 
few of our chapters is when a Companion has been elected, he is called 
for at his home, escorted to the place of meeting, and after receiving the 
Degrees and perhaps later enjoying an hour of refreshment, is returned 
home by the Companions. This, I think, is one of the finest personal 
compliments these chapters could adopt." 

The Grand High Priest closed his address by saying, "My closing 
prayer for each and every one of you is — May you all live as long as you 
want, and never want as long as you live." 

The Grand Secretary in his report listed the number of members 
December 31st, 1957, to be 33,392, being a net gain of 231. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer shows a cash balance of $57,- 
585.44. Total assets $95,143.51. 

The Committee on Chapter organization presented an extensive 
report with a splendid analysis of conditions in the Grand Chapter of 



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California and many valuable suggestions for Chapter betterment. Sister 
Jurisdictions would be well advised to carefully consider this unusual 
report. 

Most Excellent Companion William L. Leeson was installed as Grand 
High Priest for 1958-59. 

There being no further business, Grand Chapter was closed in ample 
form at four o'clock P.M. 

A copy of these proceedings is mailed to the High Priest and Secre- 
tary of each Chapter within this Grand Jurisdiction. At each meeting of 
the Chapter, whether stated or special, the secretary's copy should be on 
his desk and at the service of those present. 



Colorado 

H. Baird Whitaker, Grand High Priest 

Harry W. Bundy, Grand Secretary 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Colorado held its 
Eighty-Third Annual Convocation at Denver, September 18, 1957. 

The Grand Chapter was opened in full form by Most Excellent Com- 
panion H. Baird Whitaker, Grand High Priest, with officers in their re- 
spective stations. Prayer was offered by Grand Chaplain Richard E. 
Halbert. 

The Committee on Reception of Visitors presented distinguished 
Companions, who were welcomed by the Grand High Priest. 

Interspersed during the sessions were interesting addresses by our 
guests, including the greetings and good wishes of the Grand Jurisdic- 
tions they represented and their appreciation for the courtesies received. 
Among the Grand Representatives was Clarence L. Bartholic of Canada. 

The Grand Chaplain Companion Richard E. Halbert delivered a 
dynamic address on the "Lord's Prayer." 

In the address of the Grand High Priest he gives this challenging 
suggestion: "In the large, older Chapters the average age has increased, 
which means a high death rate. We have not been taking in the younger 
Master Masons fast enough or in sufficient numbers to keep the average 
age down. It is being suggested that the present members, and especially 
our older members, make an endowment of a young Master Mason to 
their Chapter, which will prove of greater value than any monetary fund 
he might leave his Chapter. This is one way to cut our average age and 
increase activity in the older Chapters." 

It is suggested that each Chapter give to each new Companion a 
copy of the book, "Light From the Sanctuary of the Royal Arch," written 
by M. E. Companion Snodgrass, Past Grand High Priest of Tennessee. 
It is certain that the more the Companions know about Royal Arch 
Masonry the greater will be their interest. 

"It is appropriate that we pause at this time to pay tribute to our 
departed Companions. Our sympathy is extended to all who have suffered 
the loss of their near and dear ones. May we all stand in quiet reverence 
while our Grand Chaplain leads us in prayer." 

Among visits to other Grand Jurisdictions we note that on May 29, 
30, 31, 1957, a special trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba, as guests of the Grand 
Chapter of Manitoba. "Then on June 1, 1957, we conferred the Royal 
Arch degree for the Companions of Manitoba. They were most gracious 
hosts and made our visit something to remember for many years." 

Sixty-three special dispensations were granted by the Grand High 
Priest for a variety of reasons. 

Royal Arch Masonry is truly on the march in Colorado and en- 



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thusiasm is high in all sections of the State and in nearly all Chapters. 
"Our eight new Chapters under dispensation certainly shows real growth 
of interest and membership." 

The Grand Secretary reports membership as of July, 1957, as 7,580, 
being a net increase of 145 during the year. 

The Committee on Correspondence briefly reported on seven Cana- 
dian Grand Chapters and made a very interesting review of the pro- 
ceedings of the leading United States Jurisdictions with special emphasis 
upon General Grand Chapter. 

M. E. Comp. Gordon R. Merrick was elected Grand High Priest. 

After various committees were appointed by the Grand High Priest 
the eighty-third annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Colorado was closed in ample form. 



Connecticut 

M. E. Kenneth E. Ericson, Grand High Priest 
M. E. Bliss W. Clark, Grand Secretary 
The One Hundred and Sixtieth Annual Convocation of the M. E. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut was held in the 
City of Hartford, Saturday, May 17, A.D. 1958, at 9:30 o'clock A.M. 

Opened in ample form, prayer by Chaplain, the United States flag 
presented, and pledge of allegiance. Distinguished visitors introduced, 
received with Grand Honours and welcomed. Among these was M. Ex. 
Comp. William Sweeting from Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria, 
Australia. Past Grand High Priests and Grand Representatives were 
warmly greeted and accorded Honours. 

The Grand High Priest commenced his report in these words: "Com- 
panions, as we assemble today let us greet one another with fraternal 
affection and with thanks to the S.A. of the universe for the blessings of 
health, peace and freedom which enable us to congregate to review our 
efforts, evaluate our condition and plan our future." 

The Companions were urged to give advice and counsel as they care- 
fully consider all matters brought before the convocation. The Grand High 
Priest expressed heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families and friends 
of the 312 Companions who "have been called to the Grand Chapter above 
and departed from our midst." 

Who once has had a friend has found 

The link 'twixt mortal and divine; 

Though now he sleeps in hallowed ground, 

He lives in memory's sacred shrine; 

And there he freely moves about, 

A spirit that has quit the clay, 

And in the times of stress and doubt 

Sustains his friend throughout the day." 

Membership. "It is necessary that we face the facts and recognize 
the true conditions of our Capitular Rite as it exists in Connecticut today. 
In so doing we should evaluate with optimism; however, we cannot close 
our eyes to the serious problems that confront us. We have suffered a 
severe loss in membership. This is a continuation of a trend of recent 
years and this trend must be reversed. "The basic factors controlling our 
growth and success are: 

1. Loss of membership through deaths. 

2. Increase of membership through exaltations. 

We cannot control the first basic factor." Then follows an analysis of 



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relationship between deaths and increase from 11)51 through 11)57. "We 
have some control over the second basic factor." 

"Business and social conditions will contribute to a fluctuation in the 
number of admissions to our chapters during a particular period. How- 
ever, aggressive leadership, well organized membership and social pro- 
grammes can overcome unfavourable conditions and exploit favourable 
conditions to their utmost." 

(This reviewer reports this phase of the Grand High Priest's address 
because it is a problem of vital interest to so many Grand Jurisdictions in 
Capitular Masonry today. We recommend you to read his full analysis 
and suggestions on pages 16-17 of the report.) 

Chapter membership in Connecticut is 21.6 percent of the number of 
master masons but the number of exaltations is only 14 per cent of the 
master masons raised in 1957. According to report of the Grand Secretary 
total membership April 15. 1958 — 10,465, which shows a net loss of 193. 

Report of Grand Treasurer shows finances in healthy condition. A 
five-year comparison of dues delinquency shows a steady rate of im- 
provement. An interesting recommendation made by the Grand High 
Priest was: "I recommend the establishment of a Grand Chapter Fra- 
ternal Correspondence Committee. This committee to consist of three of 
our Grand Representatives. The DUTY of this committee would be to 
make a brief summary of our annual proceedings, furnish copies thereof 
to each Grand Representative for forwarding to the Grand Jurisdiction 
he represents. It is important that all avenues of communications be kept 
open to stimulate our thoughts and create ideas." The Committee report- 
ing on the address of the Grand High Priest felt that this recommenda- 
tion "seems to be a duplication of effort, as our Grand Secretary sends a 
copy of the proceedings to the Grand Secretary of Sister Grand Jurisdic- 
tions" and therefore did not approve. (Your reviewer feels the recom- 
mendation possesses merits that might advantageously be explored.) 

Officers for 1958-59— Grand High Priest, M. E. Pierson, E. Dolbeare; 
Grand Secretary, M. E. Bliss W. Clark. 

Their representative to Canada — R. E. Chas. J. Fairhurst. 

Our representative to Connecticut — R. E. Harvey J. Milne. 

Grand Chapter was closed in ample form with prayer by the Grand 
Chaplain. 



Delaware 

Charles E. Green, Grand High Priest 
Alfred H. Coe, Grand Secretary 
The Ninetieth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Delaware was held in the Masonic Temple, Wilmington, Satur- 
day, January 18th, 1958. The Grand Chapter was opened in full form at 
1:00 P.M. by Grand High Priest Charles E. Green. 

In his address the Grand High Priest said, "We offer a grateful 
prayer to the Supreme Grand High Priest for His many blessings and for 
the sacred privilege of meeting together again in solemn Convocation. We 
are honoured by the presence of many distinguished Companions from 
other Grand Jurisdictions. It is a real joy to have these stawart leaders 
with us on this day. 

"During the year many Companions have travelled that western 
slope of time at whose base rolls the ceaseless billows of the sea of im- 
mortality. We extend sympathy to all relatives and friends. Let us pause 
in our deliberations while the M. R. Grand Chaplain offers prayer for 
our departed Companions. 



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"The privilege of visiting other Grand Jurisdictions is one of the real 
joys associated with the office of Grand High Priest. We appreciate the 
hospitality shown us. It was warm. It was sincere. It was Royal Arch 
Masonry at its finest." 

The third Capitular Festival in this Grand Jurisdiction was held in 
the Masonic Temple, Wilmington, on Saturday, May 25th. The entire 
Festival was a decided success. All the Companions joined in the spirit of 
the occasion. The degree teams performed well and presented the work 
with enthusiasm. 

Religious Affirmation Day was observed on Sunday, November 17th, 
with public church services in Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown. 

"We are glad to report that during the year peace and harmony 
have prevailed throughout our jurisdiction. Numerically, we have held 
our own and even had an increase in numbers. 

"The future of Capitular Masonry in Delaware lies hidden from mortal 
sight. We cannot draw aside the veil and view the grand proportions it 
may attain in the days to come. Let us, however, take courage and press 
forward. Let us hope as our symbolic ark sails grandly out over the sea 
of time, freighted with the previous memories of the past and the high 
hopes of the future, guided by wisdom, propelled by strength and adorned 
with beauty, we shall at last rest under an arch of resplendent colors on 
the summit of a moral Ararat. May there go forth from this Ark three 
angels of Light, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, to hold dominion in 
the hearts of men." 

The Committee on Education offered an interesting report in which 
they not only set forth the need for and advantages of emphasizing 
Masonic Education but they list sources easily available to those who 
desire to make use of them. 

Claude P. Davidson was elected Grand High Priest. 

Alfred H. Coe was elected Grand Secretary. 

No further business being presented, the Grand Chapter of the 
Royal Arch Masons of Delaware was closed in ample form at 6:10 P.M. 
with prayer by the Grand Chaplain Rev. Harry H. Conner. 



District of Columbia 

Arthur F. Zepp, Grand High Priest 
Raymond N. Babcock, Grand Secretary 

The Ninety-First Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal 
Arch Masons of the District of Columbia was held in the Masonic 
Temple, Washington, on February 8, 1958, at 3 P.M. The Grand Chapter 
was opened in ample form. Prayer was offered by M. E. Comp. Herbert 
W. Ludwig. 

The distinguished guests and Grand Representatives were introduced 
and welcomed. Among the Grand Representatives were seven from 
Canada. Among the distinguished visitors was J. Luther Jackson, General 
Grand High Priest. 

In his address the Grand High Priest extended a special welcome to 
M. E. Comp. Luther Jackson and wished him a successful term of office 
as General Grand High Priest. He expressed his sorrow at the passing of 
so many Companions and extended sympathy to the bereaved. A short 
but impressive memorial service followed. 

The Grand High Priest told of his many visitations and regretted 
to have to report another loss in membership throughout the Jurisdic- 
tion. The Chapters again during the year participated in the blood bank. 



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He urged the Companions to avail themselves of the opportunity of 
attending 1 the School of Instruction which is held two nights each month. 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership December 31, 1957, of 
4,847, a net loss of 141. 

The Grand Treasurer reported a balance on hand January .*H . 1958, 
of $5,791.75. 

John E. Chrisman was elected Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Chapter was closed in ample form, prayer being offered 
by M. E. Comp. Herbert W. Ludwig. 



Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of England 

The Quarterly Convocation held at Freemasons Hall, London, Wed- 
nesday, February 5, 1958. 
M. E. Comp. Rt. Hon. the Earl of Scarborough, K.G., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., 

G.C.V.O., T.D. 
E. Comp. Sir George Boag, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., P.G., Supt. Madras, President 

The President of the Committee of General Purposes, E. Comp. Sir 
George Boag, by virtue of his position in the craft automatically assumed 
the office of First Grand Principal. In the report of the Committee of 
General Purposes, the Chapters on the Grand Chapter Register for 1957 
were 2,561. (London 691, Provincial 1,543, District and abroad 327.) Grand 
Chapter certificates issued in the same period 6,981. 

Among the Charters of Confirmation granted by the Committee was 
one to "Ramsay Chapter No. 552, Lucknow (Bengal), the original Charter 
having been destroyed by white ants." 

At the Quarterly Convocation of Wednesday, May 7, 1958, E. Comp. 
Sir George Boag, in his report of the President of the Committee of 
General Purposes, gave a splendid report of his attendance at the Cen- 
tenary Celebrations of The Grand Chapter of Canada where he was the 
representative of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England. "They gave us 
the warmest of welcomes and I had a most delightful time." 

The financial report showed an income for year 1957 of £12,990 and 
investments of £41,883. 

The two previous quarterly Convocations were reviewed in our 1958 
Proceedings. 



Florida 

William Joshua Abram, Grand High Priest 
John Bridges Phelps, Grand Secretary 

The One Hundred and Eleventh Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of Florida was held in St. 
Petersburg, May 21-22, 1958. 

The Chapter was opened in ample form by the Grand High Priest. 
Then followed the reception of the distinguished guests and Grand 
Representatives. 

Extracts from address by Grand High Priest: 

"I greet each and every one of you with a prayer in my heart for 
your health, happiness and your continued love and zeal for York Rite 
Masonry. 

The Grand High Priest of Heaven and Earth called home many of 
our beloved Companions during the year. We shall miss them and our 
sympathy goes out to the bereaved. 

Bulletins were sent out to all Chapters requesting the members to 
attend the Church of their choice on October 27, 1957, in a body. Twenty- 



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one Chapters reported with a total attendance of 788. Twenty-four 
Chapters had no attendance or failed to report." 

The visitations of the Grand High Priest were numerous. 

The Grand Treasurer reported a bank balance May 1, 1958, of $19,- 
111.24 and investments of $58,000.00. 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 9,371, gain 279. 

Charles Winn Arnold was elected Grand High Priest. 

Companion J. Luther Jordan, the General Grand High Priest of the 
General Grand Chapter, was the speaker at the banquet on Wednesday 
evening. His subject was "The Masonic Quest." It was a very inspiring 
address. Here are a few extracts — "Whence came this thing we call 
Freemasonry that inspires men, ordinary mortals such as you and I, to 
deeds of service and sacrifice? Our fraternity has garnered its ancestry 
from many sources, from many lands, from many peoples; from civiliza- 
tions that have risen, fulfilled their destiny and disappeared. We under- 
take to preserve all that is high and holy and noble, as the posterity of 
those that preceded us, and left it as a heritage for us, and to us." 



Georgia 

Austin P. Phillips, Grand High Priest 
W. J. Penn, Jr., Grand Secretary 

The One Hundred and Thirty-Sixth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Georgia was opened in full form at 10:00 
A.M., Wednesday, April 16, 1958, in the Grand Lodge building in the city 
of Macon. Grand Chaplain John Paul Jones offered the opening prayer. 

The distinguished visitors and Grand Representatives were received 
and welcomed. Among the Grand Representatives present were eight 
from Canada. 

Extracts from address by Grand High Priest: 

"The association I have had during the year with my Companions 
throughout the State has been an inspiration to me, and an experience I 
shall never forget. We are saddened by the loss of 336 of our Companions 
who have answered the final summons. We mourn the loss of these Com- 
panions and extend our sympathy to their families and loved ones." 

The Grand High Priest visited extensively throughout the State and 
in many Sister Jurisdictions. 

A Religious Affirmation Day was held on October 20, 1957. The day 
was well observed by many of the Chapters who attended a religious 
service in a body as Royal Arch Masons. 

The Grand Secretary's report showed a membership January 1, 1958, 
of 27,237, a net gain of 505. 

The Grand Treasurer reported a balance on hand in General Fund of 
$45,562.85, in Educational Fund $1,485.76. In reserve account $37,354.27. 

L. S. Patterson was elected Grand High Priest. 

There appearing no further business, the Grand Chapter was closed 
in due form. 



Idaho 

C. Merton Winegar, Grand High Priest 
Edward H. Way, Grand Secretary 
The Fiftieth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Idaho convened in the Masonic Temple at Boise at 9:05 A.M. on 
the 12th day of May, 1958. 

The distinguished guests and Grand Representatives were introduced 
and welcomed. 



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In his report the Grand High Priest said. "On October 1, 1957, we 
opened Grand Chapter in Sun Valley at a special Convocation to receive 
and welcome the General (hand Chapter officers for the Fiftieth Trien- 
nial. 

It is with great sorrow that I report that 71 Companions were taken 
from us during the year. Our sympathy is extended to those who mourn. 
Let us rise in silent prayer in respect of those we will see no more in our 
gatherings. It was my privilege to visit all of the Chapters in the State. 
It was a pleasure and a great help to have some of the Grand Officers 
and Past Grand High Priests present at all of my official visits. 

I recommend that the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ger- 
many be recognized by this Grand Chapter." 

In the report of the Fraternal Correspondent, Comp. Herbert Fitz, 
there are two or three statements I would like to quote. These were from 
the addresses given by four of the Grand High Priests: 

"The greatest single factor contributing to the decline of Royal Arch 
Masonry is lack of willingness to work." 

"The greatest tragedy of life is not death, but that which dies within 
us while we live, if we are indifferent to those things which are eternal." 

"I believe that little deeds done are superior to great deeds planned." 

"When we really get more Masonry in men, we shall have more men 
in Masonry." 

The Grand Treasurer reuorted a grand total on hand May 1, 1958, of 
$12,624.45. 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 3,027, the same as 
the year befcre. 

Claude M. Gorden was elected Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter was closed in ample form. 



Illinois 

David Manson, M. E. Grand High Priest 
Edward E. Core, R. E. Grand Secretary 

The One Hundred and Ninth Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois convened in the city of Chicago on 
Friday, April 11, 1958, at 9:30 A.M. The Chapter was opened in ample 
form by the Grand Priest. Prayer followed by Rev. Norman C. Miller, 
Grand Chaplain. 

The distinguished guests and official visitors were introduced and 
welcomed. 

Extracts from address by the Grand High Priest: 

"The time has come again for us to come together to review the past 
and plan for the future. 

It is with a deep feeling of regret and a sense of personal loss that I 
must speak of our many departed Companions. The immutable law of life 
and death which cannot be set aside by our dispensation has taken these 
Companions from among us. We cherish their memory and extend our 
sympathy to the bereaved. 

I approved the recommendation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
Saskatchewan, Canada, and issued a commission to Comp. Murray Sather 
to be the representative of our Grand Chapter. 

1 was able to make a total of fifty-four visits, official and other- 
wise, during the term. I attended the Triennial Convocation of the Gen- 
eral Grand Chapter held in Sun Valley. Idaho. There were 20 in attendance 
from Illinois. I found in my visits throughout the Jurisdiction that there 
were several Chapters inactive and a few dormant. Suspensions still con- 



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tinue to be a source of grave concern. A membership committee in every 
Chapter could do a great deal to reduce these suspensions. A personal 
call is worth more than a dozen dues notices. 

Suspensions, deaths and lack of new members to replace them has 
had its effect on our income." 

The Grand Treasurer reported a balance in General Fund of $54,- 
804.39. Total assets $109,804.39. 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 34,790, a loss of 423. 

The Grand Chaplain Rev. Norman C. Miller gave an outstanding 
address on the second day of the Convocation. His subject was, "The 
Rejected Stone. " 

Harry E. Freeland was elected Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois was closed in 
ample form. 



Indiana 

Roger K. Becker, Grand High Priest 
Earl B. Forney, Grand Secretary 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of Indiana met 
in its One Hundred and Thirteenth Annual Convocation in the Masonic 
Temple in the city of Evansville, October 31, 1958. 

Indiana is in fraternal correspondence with 71 Grand Jurisdictions 
and has exchanged Grand Representatives with 65 Jurisdictions. Fifty- 
three Grand Representatives answered the roll call. Many distinguished 
visitors were in attendance. These were welcomed by the High Priest. 

In the course of the High Priest's address he said, "Royal Arch 
Masonry is not a commercial enterprise. Therefore we are not interested 
in the size of our membership merely from the standpoint of size. How- 
ever, a striking truth is evident — Those Chapters who have good officers, 
those Chapters which are a credit to this Grand Chapter, tend to grow 
and command respect of their communities. Therefore, like a patient's 
temperature, our membership can be indicative of our general health. 

Our Fraternity mourns the loss of many of our members during the 
past year. To their Chapters, their families and their loved ones we 
extend our sympathy." 

The Grand High Priest reported a busy year of visitations. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer showed a balance on hand Oc- 
tober 1, 1958, to be $42,256.76 and bonds to the value of $36,000.00. 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 27,584, a net loss of 
149. 

Kenton J. Garrison was elected Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Chapter was closed in ample form. Next Convocation to 
be held in the city of Indianapolis on October 30-31, 1959. 



Iowa 

A. Guy Sparks, Grand High Priest 

Ross J. Camblin, Grand Secretary 

The One Hundred and Second Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal 

Arch Masons was held in the Masonic Temple at Marshalltown, April 

25-26, 1958. The Grand Chapter was opened in ample form with prayer by 

the Grand Chaplain, Raymond M. Shipman. 

Then followed the reception of the distinguished guests and Grand 
Representatives. 

The Grand High Priest in his address welcomed all the distinguished 



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guests, some of whom had travelled considerable distance to be present. 
He reported the passing of 345 Companions during the year and extended 
sympathy to the bereaved relatives and friends. 

"No one hears the door that closes, 

As they pass beyond recall. 

Soft as loosened leaves of roses 

One by one our loved ones fall." 
The Grand High Priest recommended that the Grand Chapter of 
Iowa give recognition to the Grand Chapter of Argentina and invite an 
exchange of Representatives. 

Then followed an account of the Grand Priest's visitations. He had a 
very busy year. He reported a rather unique meeting held near Mt. 
Pleasant in a stone quarry where the Mark Mason degree was conferred 
on ten candidates. Candles and moonlight furnished the light. There were 
over 200 Companions present. He attended many gatherings outside the 
State among them the gathering at Sun Valley, Idaho. 

Many schools of Instruction had been held throughout the State. The 
Grand High Priest felt that individual schools of Instruction held in each 
Chapel would be more effective. 

In closing his address the High Priest said, "I urge you to let the 
influence of Freemasonry be a light to guide your path through life. 
Then fearful men will lose their fears, tired men will forget their 
weariness, lethargic men will be aroused to interest and we shall go 
forward in Unity to help men find their lives in nobility, in dignity and 
in high service to God and man." 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 16,275, a net in- 
crease of 63. 

The Grand Treasurer reported a balance on hand April 5, 1958 — 
$13,148.61. 

The Grand Chaplin, Raymond M. Shipman, gave an outstanding 
address. His subject was, "The Key to Men's Hearts." He closed his ad- 
dress with these words — "To be good men and true is the first lesson 
taught us in Masonry. We are taught to exercise fairness should we be 
entrusted with authority. We will never hesitate to go on foot and out of 
our way to aid and succor a needy brother. We will remember his wel- 
fare in prayer and reach out our hand to assist and support a falling- 
brother. Masonry may well give us the key to men's hearts." 

J. Elliott Grayson was elected Grand High Priest. 

On accepting office the Grand High Priest Elect said, "This year we 
must stress reinstatements of demitted and suspended members; each 
one secured can increase the Grand Chapter total as much as a new 
member. This is a fertile field." 

The 102nd Convocation closed in ample form. 



Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland 

Sydney Hanna, M. B. E., M. E. Grand King 
James 0. Harte, R. E. Grand Registrar 

The stated Convocations of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of Ireland are held in Freemasons Hall, Dublin, on the first Wednesday, 
in the months of February, Mav, July and November at 8::00 o'clock 
P.M. 

M. E. Sydney Hanna was elected Grand King at a Special Convoca- 
tion held on 18th September, 1957, and installed at the November Con- 
vocation of Supreme Grand Chapter. A very large attendance of Com- 
panions was present, representatives of every part of Ireland, and it is 



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worthy to note that 300 Companions travelled specially from Belfast for 
the occasion. Messages of congratulation and good wishes were received 
from the Grand Chapters of England and Scotland. 

At the May Convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter it was confirmed 
that the Superintendency known as Transvaal should be styled the Dis- 
trict Grand Royal Arch Chapter of South Africa, Northern. 

At the July Convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter this alteration 
to Supreme G. C. Laws was approved: "The Grand King under the Irish 
constitution may be re-elected annually." 

In March a team from R. A. C. No. 682, Belfast, visited Dublin to 
exemplify the Mark Degree. The Grand Chapter of Instruction reports 
that the degree was admirably demonstrated. 

The reports of the M. E. District Grand First Principals all refer to 
their pleasure at the installation of Sydney Hanna as M. E. Grand King. 
For example, the D. D. G. F. P. (of Down) writes: M. E. Comp. Sydney 
Hanna is held in such esteem by his Companions in Northern Ireland that 
over 300 of them travelled by special train to see him installed. This 
official also reports: "The year has been one of steady progress, all our 
Convocations were well attended and the proceedings were thoroughly 
enjoyed by all Companions." 

D. G. C. Londonderry, Donegal, Tyrone and Fermanagh reports: 
"The Convocations of the District Grand Chapter were well attended and 
the officers keen and enthusiastic." 

North Munster refers to the recent assumption of domicile in the 
Limerick Area of Comp. Lord Daresbury as being a "tower of strength 
to our operations in North Munster." 

South Africa Northern and Natal report increases in membership 
and growing enthusiasm. Southern Cape "have had one of the most 
harmonious years of our brief existence." 

This reviewer, whose maternal and paternal grandfathers were 
born in Ireland, greatly enjoyed reading the proceedings of the Supreme 
Grand Chapter of Ireland dealing with places so familiar in household 
conversations in his early days. It is gratifying to learn that Royal Arch 
Masonry is still healthy and progressive in the Emerald Isle. 



Kansas 

M. E. Neil M. McLeod, Grand High Priest 
M. E. Arthur Strickland, Grand Secretary 

The Ninety-Third Annual Convocation of the M. E. Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Kansas was convened 1 in the Masonic Temple, 
Topeka, Kansas, on Monday, March 10, 1958, with many distinguished 
guests and Grand Representatives present. They were greeted and given 
Grand Honors. 

In his address the Grand High Priest asid, "Our Capitular Rite is 
ancient and honorable; its history is as old as the blue canopy. Masonic 
teaching is a builder of character and he who abides by it need have no 
fear. The teachings of Masonry as such are very plain and understand- 
able, the lessons portrayed are deeper and more far-reaching than appear 
on the surface. Masonry embraces all the problems of the individual and 
society. Masonry harmonizes all with whom it comes in contact. Our 
ideals are lofty and worth striving to reach. Our work and ceremonies 
should inspire us to nobler deeds and higher thoughts. Truly the Royal 
Arch is the summit of the sublime principles of Masonry. 

"This Grand Chapter is particularly fortunate in having many ex- 
perienced craftsmen, who are ever ready and willing to lend assistance, 
in carrying on the work of this Grand Jurisdiction." 



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The Grand High Priest then gave an account of his stewardship for 
the year. His visitations were many, both in the Jurisdiction of Kansas as 
well as in Sister Jurisdictions. 

The Grand High Priest rep< rted the death of 348 Companions during 
the year and extended sympathy to the bereaved. 

He also reported 372 suspensions and said that this was something 
that could be remedied. He suggested that Companions over 65 years of 
age who could not afford to pay dues should be carried on the books free. 

The Grand Treasurer reported a bank balance February 21, 1958, of 
$26,710.00 and bonds to the value of $21,500.00. 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 699, a total loss of 
130. 

Glen E. Williams was elected Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Chapter was closed in ample form. 



Kentucky 

Robert E. Lee, Grand High Priest 
Charles K. A. McGaughey, Grand Secretary 
The One Hundred and Fortieth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Kentucky was held in Louisville, October 
15-16, 1957. 

The Grand Chapter was opened in ample form. The Invocation was 
given by the Grand Chaplain, Companion George S. Hunt. 

The flag of the United States was presented at the Altar and the 
Companions joined in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The distinguished guests and Grand Representatives were greeted 
and given Grand Honors. 

The Grand High Priest in his address made some recommendations — 
"I think that we should at all times observe our rules for devotion. More 
attention should be given to introduction and welcoming of visitors at our 
meetings." 

Companion Chester D. Adams, Chairman of the Committee on Nec- 
rology said, "The grim Reaper has laid a heavy hand upon the Com- 
panions of this Jurisdiction. Each year we will be seeing many new 
faces at these Convocations. As we welcome the new, we will not forget 
the old. 

The dead friends live, and always will; 
Their presence hovers 'round us still. 
It seems to me they come to share 
Each joy or sorrow that we bear." 
The Grand Treasurer reported a balance in bank October, 1957, of 
$1,223.09 and investments to the value of $77,700.00. 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 16,189, a net gain of 
17. W. S. Williams was elected Grand High Priest. 

The Convocation was closed in ample form at 9.45 p.m. 



Louisiana 

John W. Felps, Grand High Priest 
Lee W. Harris, Grand Secretary 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Louisiana held its One 
Hundred and Eleventh Convocation in Baton Rouge, on March 10-11, 1958. 
Jack Christian, Mayor of Baton Rouge, welcomed the Companions in 
behalf of the city and presented a Key to the City of Baton Rouge to the 
Grand High Priest. 



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As the various groups of distinguished visitors were introduced at 
the Altar, they were welcomed by the Grand High Priest, given Grand 
Honors of Capitular Masonry and invited to seats in the East. Among 
the Grand Representatives were three from Canada — J. L. Stephen, Ben 
B. Fox and Horace Ludwig. Extracts from address given by Grand High 
Priest — 

"We are told that a Father's watchful care is always over us and His 
all-seeing eye is ever upon us. These precious words have assumed for 
me a new depth of meaning as I travelled around our State, but not alone, 
for with me was that Eternal Friend supporting and guiding me. 

"It is with a sense of profound sorrow that we record the passing 
of many of our Companions. To their bereaved families we extend our 
heartfelt sympathy. The condition of Capitular Masonry in this State 
is good but not as good as it should be. I visited every Royal Arch 
Chapter in the State. I have witnessed the work of many outstanding 
degree teams. 

If Capitular Masonry is to maintain its proper position in Louisiana 
we must all endeavour to stand for the continuation of unity and harmony 
among our Companions." 

The Grand Treasurer reported a bank balance of $16,013.10 and 
bonds to the value of $33,800.00. 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 10,492, a net gain 
of 69. 

James Albert Thompson was elected Grand High Priest. 
Convocation closed in Ample form. 



Maine 

Roger W. Staples, Grand High Priest 
Earl D. Webster, Grand Secretary 
The Most Excellent Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Maine met in its 
One Hundred and Thirty-Third Annual Convocation in Masonic Temple, 
Portland, Maine, on Tuesday, May 6, 1958. 

The Grand High Priest ordered the admission of all Royal Arch 
Masons in good standing as visitors. There were many distinguished 
guests and Grand Representatives present. Among the number present 
were three from Canada — Russel O. Spencer, Nova Scotia; Linwood E. 
Temple, Quebec; and Stanley A. Snow from Saskatchewan. 

In his address, the Grand High Priest said: "Our purpose is to con- 
duct the annual business of this Grand Chapter with all efforts directed 
towards the advancement of our Capitular Rite. We are proud and happy 
to welcome so many distinguished guests. I have signed a commission 
appointing Roy M. Anderson, of Ontario, as a Grand Representative. 

M. E. Companion Clyde French, our Grand Lecturer, continues his 
outstanding work in giving ritual assistance and guidance. 

The work being done in most Chapters is commendable. I have 
observed a definite improvement in ritual and interest in most Chapters. 

During the year we have lost many of our Companions by death. 
Let us join in paying silent tribute to their memory." 

The Grand High Priest had a very busy year with his many visita- 
tions and reported a healthy condition of Capitular Masonry generally 
throughout the State. 

The Grand Treasurer reported total assets (cash and bonds) to the 
value of $98,048.00. 



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The Grand Secretary reported a net loss of 207 in membership. 
Nelson B. Camick was elected M. E. Grand High Priest. 
At 10.55 a.m. the Grand Chapter was closed in due form, with prayer 
by E. Companion Robert P. Frazier. Grand Chaplain. 



Manitoba 

M. E. Comp. A. J. West, Grand Z. 
M. E. Comp. C. J. Hutchings, Grand Scribe E. 
The Thirty-Fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Manitoba was opened in ample form in the Donald Street 
Masonic Temple, Winnipeg, on Wednesday, February 12, 1958, at 9.00 
o'clock A.M. Many distinguished guests were present and were given 
Grand Honors and escorted to seats in the East. 

The flags of Canada and the United States of America were pre- 
sented in a colorful ceremony. Then the National Anthems of the two 
countries were sung by the Companions. 

In his address the Grand First Principal said, "The whole moral and 
spiritual system of Royal Arch Masonry is based on the brotherhood of 
man and the Fatherhood of God, whose light has made man's way clear 
before him. I am very pleased to report another net gain for this year. 
Here let us pause a moment in remembrance of those who served so well 
during their time of life, and have passed on to a higher plane of activity 
in the Grand Chapter above. There were 41 who passed on to higher 
service in 1957. We of this Grand Jurisdiction extend our deep and sin- 
cere sympathy to the bereaved." 

On June 1, 1957, the International Visit of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Colorado was held in Winnipeg. This Convocation 
afforded an opportunity to meet our distinguished guests who put on the 
Holy Royal Arch Degree, according to their ritual. 

In closing his address he said, "We, as Masons, are an important 
part of this world. The most sacred altar on earth is the soul of man. 
Every human heart may be a sanctuary of faith, a shrine of love and 
purity. The challenge to all Royal Arch Masons is to march onward, 
ever onward." 

The Grand Treasurer reported cash in bank $2,073.23 and govern- 
ment bonds to the value of $1,400.00. 

The Grand Scribe E. reported membership to be 2319 — a net in- 
crease of 75 members. 

Sorry we have neither time nor space to deal with all the excellent 
reports given. 

The election of officers followed. 

M. E. Comp. Hugh Eakin, Grand Z. 
M. E. Comp. C. J. Hutchings, Grand Scribe E. 

The thirty-fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Manitoba was closed in ample form at 4.05 o'clock P.M. 



Maryland 

James H. Falk, M. E. Grand High Priest 

D. Ross Vansant, Grand Secretary 

The One Hundred and Sixtieth Annual Convocation of the Grand 

Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Maryland was held in the Masonic 

Temple in the city of Baltimore on Tuesday, December 10th, 1957, at 2 

o'clock. 



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The usual ceremonies were observed and a goodly number of repre- 
sentatives and distinguished guests were present. 

In his address the Grand High Priest urged his companions to have 
a strong faith in the Supreme High Priest and live daily by Masonic 
teachings. He reported 7,447 Chapter members out of 47,473 Blue Lodge 
members in the State of Maryland. Although this is 15.7% and com- 
pares favourably with many Jurisdictions, the Grand High Priest issued 
a challenge to greatly raise this percentage. 

We shall be glad to learn when we receive their 1958 report that 
they have obtained their objective. 

The report of various Chapters, the lists of activities, the visitations 
and the reports of Grand Lodge Committees assure us that the state of 
Capitular Masonry in Maryland is healthy and progressive. 



Massachusetts 

Henry F. Smith, Grand High Priest 
William F. Clark, Grand Secretary 

The One Hundred and Fifty-Ninth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts was held in the Masonic Temple, 
Boston, December 10, 1957. 

The Grand High Priest extended a cordial welcome to all present, 
and introduced the distinguished guests from other Jurisdictions. Among 
those introduced were two representatives from the Grand Chapter Royal 
Arch Masons of Quebec — M. E. Howard J. Moffatt and M. E. Alexander 
M. Baird. 

Extracts from Grand High Priests's address: — 

"It has been a wonderful experience to have served in this exalted 
capacity these past three years. 

"This past year has been an eventful one for Royal Arch Masonry 
in Massachusetts and I am very pleased to report progress and prosperity 
at every hand in all our activities. 

"I have had the privilege of visiting extensively in our Sister Grand 
Jurisdictions and with many of our Constituent Chapters in the Grand 
Jurisdiction. It is with a sense of deep regret and great loss that I 
report the death of so many of our Companions — 636 in our own Grand 
Jurisdiction. We are consoled in the fact that our philosophy in Masonry 
is that our paths do not lead to the grave, but through it to a better and 
fairer life." 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 24,724 a net gain of 
94. 

The Grand Treasurer reported General Fund, November, 1957 — 
$24,290.63. 

M. E. Eugene P. Carver, Jr., was elected Grand High Priest. 



Michigan 

M. E. Comp. Orlow J. Myers, Grand High Priest 
M. E. Comp. Roy Andrus, Grand Secretary 

The One Hundred and Tenth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chap- 
ter of Royal Arch Masons of Michigan was held in Battle Creek, October 
17-18, 1958. 

Before completion of the opening ritual, distinguished guests were 
received, that they might witness the full ceremony of opening the Grand 
Chapter. 

Among the distinguished guests were Grand First Principal Maurice 
A. Searle, and Past Grand First Principal and Grand Treasurer Fred W. 



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Dean from Canada. The flags of the United States and Canada were pre- 
sented and the Companions joined in singing "America" and, in honor of 
the Canadian guests, "God Save the Queen". 

Brother Russel R. Worges, Mayor of Battle Creek, welcomed the 
Companions in behalf of the city. 

Extracts from the High Priest's address: — 

To our distinguished guest of our Sister Jurisdictions, and Michigan 
Masonic bodies, we extend to you our sincere fraternal greetings and 
wish that your visit with us may be pleasant and instructive. 

"Sadness prevails upon us, in this hour of our deliberations, for 
those Companions who have been called to the Great Beyond, in answer 
to the Chief Master Architect's call. There were 685 Companions who 
answered His summons. To the families of these deceased Companions 
we extend our deepest sympathy." 

Prayer followed by the Grand Chaplain. 

Then followed a long list of visitations to Subordinate Chapters, 
Michigan Grand Bodies and Sister Jurisdictions. 

Among the permissions granted by the Grand High Priest we find 
one to Oakland Chapter No. 5, Pontiac, to make a visitation to Beaver 
Chapter No. 74, Strathroy, Ontario, Canada, for the purpose of exempli- 
fying the Royal Arch degree, on Saturday, May 24, 1958. 

The Grand High Priest reported that according to the District 
Deputy reports that considerable progress had been made in the con- 
ferring of the degrees. "Dignity and solemnity should be the dominant 
characteristic in all our degrees." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer showed total receipts of $75,929.99, 
with a balance remaining of $48,742.51. 

The Grand Secretary's report shows 30,890 members which is a gain 
of 62. At the banquet Friday evening, The Rev. George M. Cordner gave 
an inspiring address on the subject, "A Parable Out of Time". 

Walter D. Strobel was elected Grand High Priest. 

The Convocation closed with prayer by the Grand Chaplain. 



Minnesota 

M. E. Comp. Robert C. Rawson, Grand High Priest 
M. E. Comp. John H. Anderson, Grand Secretary 

The Ninety-Seventh Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Minnesota was held on October 13th and 14th, 
1958, in the Tabernacle of St. John's Chapter No. 9, in the city of Min- 
neapolis. 

The distinguished visitors and Grand Representatives were welcomed 
and given Grand Honours. Canada was represented by Clarence A. 
Olson. 

In his address the Grand High Priest said, "Masonry is a way of 
life for each of us. Her strength is not in her large temples and shrines, 
but in the character of her members. As the strength of a chain is deter- 
mined, not by the number of links, but by the quality of each link, so 
Capitular Masonry is measured by the quality of each member. As 
Masons, the cause of humanity is our cause — we are obliged to aid in 
fighting tyranny and oppression throughout the world. Our great objec- 
tive — of making men better than they are — will be attained when truth 
and justice prevail throughout the world. We must translate into action 
our concept of our duty to our fellowman and convince the world by deed 
and example that Charity, Fraternity and Brotherhood are the tenets 
of our craft we live by, and are not meaningless and empty phrases." 



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The High Priest spoke of the Companions who had been called to 
higher service and extended sympathy to the bereaved. 

He then told of his many visits to various Chapters in the Jurisdic- 
tion and visits to Sister Jurisdictions. 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 16,317 — a net gain 
of 11. 

M. E. Comp. Harvard B. Olson was elected Grand High Priest for 
1958-59. 

M. E. Comp. Emil A. Wold was elected Grand Secretary. 

The ninety-eighth Annual Convocation will be held in Minneapolis, 
October 14-15, 1959. 

The Grand Chapter of Minnesota was closed in ample form at 11.35 
a.m. 



Mississippi 

Horace L. Villee, Grand High Priest 

Sid F. Curtis, Grand Secretary 

The Grand Chapter of Mississippi, R. A. M. was opened in ample 
form on May 14, 1958, by M. E. Grand High Priest Horace L. Villee in 
the Convention Room of the Robert E. Lee Hotel, Jackson, Miss. 

In his address the Grand High Priest said, "It has been my earnest 
purpose to serve my Brethren and Companions in such a way that Free- 
masonry in general and Capitular Masonry in particular, may be better 
known and appreciated, both within and without this great fraternity. 

Let us, before proceeding with the business of this Convocation, stand 
and be led in prayer for the bereaved families of our beloved Companions 
who have been called from the labours of this life to a life of higher 
service. 

I have appointed Harold R. Nickelson to be a Grand Representative 
from Saskatchewan, Canada, and Charles W. Morrow from British 
Columbia, Canada." 

The Grand High Priest reported a long list of visitations travelling 
by car alone a total of 12>290 miles. 

"I'm glad to report that we have shown an increase in membership 
for the 24th consecutive year. We have shown a net gain of 123 mem- 
bers for a total of 10,579 members in 57 Chapters." 

He closed his address with the following: — 

"It is loving, not in being loved, the heart is blessed; 
It is giving, not in seeking gifts, we find our quest. 
Whatever be thy longing, or thy need, that do thou give; 
So shalt thy soul be fed, and thou, indeed, shalt truly live." 

The Grand Treasurer reported total funds on hand March 31st, 1958, 
$105,269.30. 

The Grand Lecturer presented an outstanding report. Sorry we are 
unable to quote from it. 

Among the Grand Representatives welcomed were John B. Wheelis 
from Alberta, Colon Odell Brooks from British Columbia, and Juston M. 
Jones from Canada. 

D. Dorsey Hill was elected Grand High Priest. 

The meeting was closed in ample form at 4.15 p.m. 



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Missouri 

D. Thomas Moffitt, Grand High Priest 
Ray V. Denslow, Grand Secretary 
The One Hundred and Twelfth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Missouri was convened at 9.03 a.m., Fri- 
day, April 25, 1958, Kansas City. 

Reception of distinguished visitors and Grand Representatives fol- 
lowed. The Grand High Priest spoke of the passing of time and the 
toll it takes. He said, "We have been told that Death is a theme not 
lightly to be broached by those who are subject to its power. We find 
it necessary to record the death of 473 of our Companions who have pass- 
ed beyond the veils. Let us pause for a moment in memory of these — 
our departed Companions. 

"We are fortunate in having a charity fund. It now amounts to more 
than $5,000.00. This fund is working. From this fund we hope to be 
able to contribute at least $1,000.00 a year for charitable purposes. 

"In general, we can report a renewed interest in things, Capitular. 
Wherever we journeyed during the year, we met with enthusiastic work- 
ers, anxious to do everything to promote our rite. 

"What is needed most is strong leadership. Our membership is 
approximately 24,000. With 125,000 Master Masons in Missouri there 
opens a wonderful field for missionary work. What do you propose to do 
about it ? 

"For several years, the Grand Chapter has required each Chapter 
to file with its annual returns an audit of its books. This is done as a 
protection to your Chapter. Last year your audit showed that expendi- 
tures exceeded receipts. A Chapter with strong financial background is 
the successful Chapter. With a full treasury you can properly assume 
your place in Free Masonry." 

"Royal Arch Masonry is on the march. We grow because we are 
attempting to teach great moral and spiritual lessons." 

The Grand Secretary reported a total of 23,342 members — a net gain 
of 10. 

The Grand Treasurer reported balance per books March 31, 1958, 
$33,693.59. 

The Grand Lecturer, Bruce H. Hunt, gave a very fine report. 

Irvin J. Freiberger was elected Grand High Priest. 

The Convocation was closed in ample form at 4.32 p.m. by the Grand 
High Priest. 



Montana 

Everett Redeen, M. E. Grand High Priest 
William A. Thaanum, R. E. Grand Secretary 

The Sixty-Ninth Annual Convocation of the M. E. Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Montana was held at Havre, June 
11,1958. 

The Mayor, the Honorable James Davies extended a sincere welcome 
on behalf of the citizens of Havre. 

Side by side, a color guard displayed the flags of the United States 
of America and the Union Jack of the Dominion of Canada, west of the 
Altar, with all Companions at attention. 

The reception of distinguished guests followed. 

In his address, the Grand High Priest, after expressing his pleasure 
at the goodly number present, referred to the number of Companions 



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who had passed on during the year and extended sympathy to the ber- 
eaved. 

He told of his many visitations and mentioned being present at all 
district meetings. At these meetings the securing of new members was 
discussed, also ways of helping officers in outlining programs to retain 
members. He urged all Companions to make a special effort to encour- 
age the older Companions to attend and see that transportation was 
provided for them. 

Grand Treasurer reported a balance in bank June 1, 1958 — $3,879.94, 
and in the investment account $14,500.00. 

Grand Secretary reported membership to be 4,976, a gain of 166. 

John A. Peters was elected Grand High Priest. 

The Convocation was closed in ample form at 5.30 p.m., June 11th, at 
Havre, Montana. 



Nebraska 

M. E. Lewis Baker, Grand High Priest 
M. E. Carl R. Greison, Grand Secretary 

The Ninety-First Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter, Royal 
Arch Masons of Nebraska, was held in the Masonic Temple, Omaha, on 
Wednesday and Thursday, December 4-5, 1957. 

The distinguished guests were welcomed and given Grand Honors. 
The Grand High Priest referred to the number of Companions who had 
passed on during the year. There were 131 of them. "We regret the 
passing of these fine Companions, and extend our sympathy to the ber- 
eaved relatives and friends." The Grand High Priest reported on his 
visitations which were numerous. He said, "Capitular Masonry in 
Nebraska is functioning very well ■ in most localities. Most of our 
Chapters — and I say most — are doing fine in perfecting the work and 
devising plans for interesting meetings. Let us as Masons live according 
to the rules and designs laid down by the Master, all of which are con- 
tained in the sacred pages of the Holy Bible, that Book of Books, which 
rests upon the Altar of Masonry and without which we cannot work." 

The Grand Secretary reported the number of Masons to be 8,209, a 
gain of 64. 

The Grand Treasurer reported cash and bonds on hand to the value 
of $13,521.10. 

M. E. Comp. Louis V. Sylvester was elected Grand High Priest. 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain, the Grand Chapter was closed. 



Nevada 

William T. Reid, Grand High Priest 
E. C. Peterson, Grand Secretary 

The Eighty-Fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of the 
State of Nevada was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 10, 1958. It was 
opened in ample form at 9.10 a.m. The Grand Chaplain offered a prayer 
and a Flag service was held. 

The distinguished guests were received and welcomed. 

After welcoming all Companions and distinguished guests, the Grand 
High Priest referred to the Companions throughout the .Jurisdiction who 
had passed on during the year. The Chaplain then led in prayer. 

The Grand High Priest then spoke of his many activities and visita- 
tions during the year and closed his remarks by saying, "I have completed 
one of the happiest years of my life and I have done my best." 



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The Grand Secretary reported a gain in membership of 24 (total 
membership not given). 

The Grand Treasurer reported a bank balance on June 6, 1958 — 
$1,936.64 and bonds on deposit to the value of $3,000.00. 

The Grand Orator, Clarence K. Jones, delivered a splendid address 
on "Alertness" and warned of the major "isms" at work in the world 
today. He listed them as Communism, Socialism, Romanism and Radical 
Unionism. In closing he said, "I would like each one of you to take a new 
look at our country, analyze these things I have called to your attention, 
and be alert to the possibilities of our losing the very things we here 
today are doing." 

Frank Woodliff was elected Grand High Priest. 

The business of the eighty-fifth Annual Convocation having been 
completed, the Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
Nevada was closed in ample form. 



New Brunswick 

M. E. Rev. Daniel Campbell MacKenzie, First Grand Principal Z. 
M. E. Roy E. Crawford, Grand Scribe E. 
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Brunswick assembled in the 
Seventy-First Annual Convocation at the Masonic Hall in the town of St. 
Stephen, on Thursday, June 26th. It was opened in ample form at 9.45 
a.m. After the opening prayer by the V. E. Grand Chaplain, the dis- 
tinguished visitors were introduced and welcomed. Then followed the 
Grand Chapter devotions conducted by V. E. Companion Karl F. Drew, 
Grand Chaplain who gave an outstanding message. 

The Mayor of St. Stephen, His Worship J. Carleton Brown, welcomed 
the Masons to St. Stephen. 

The Grand Z. in his address, expressed his pleasure in having so 
many distinguished guests present, and hoped that their visit would be 
both pleasing and profitable. 

In the course of his address the Grand Z. said, "These are things 
that Royal Arch Masonry can do for every man: namely, inspire him with 
confidence so that he holds his head proudly; place upon him responsi- 
bility so that he realizes his dependence upon the Eternal Ruler of the 
Universe; and give him that abiding joy that comes to all who endeavour 
to discharge their trust honourably to themselves and satisfactorily to 
their Chapters. 

"We pause at this time to pay our tribute to the memory of those 
who have been called from labour to rest and refreshment during the 
year. Their memory we cherish in our hearts. Their families and 
friends we commend to the Most High. Let us stand with heads bowed 
while our Grand Chaplain leads us in prayer. 

"It has been a delight to visit in turn each of the Chapters in this 
Jurisdiction. It was a rich and rewarding experience to be present at 
the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Grand Chapter of Canada. I must 
here express my high regard for Most Excellent Companion Maurice 
Searle. He is a most gracious host, and presided over the sessions with 
great dignity." 

The Grand Scribe E. reported a membership of 1,501, a net increase 
of 13. 

The Grand Treasurer reported a bank balance as of June 4, 1958— 
$1,777.56, and bonds to the value of $2,000.00. 

M. E. Comp. John A. Gorveatte, Grand Z. for 1958-59. 

Roy E. Crawford, Grand Scribe E. 

There being no further business, the seventy-first Annual Convoca- 
tion of the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick was closed in ample form 
at 6.00 o'clock. 



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New Hampshire 

Howard R. Kelley, M. E. Grand High Priest 
Hiram W. Johnson, R. E. Grand Secretary 
The One Hundredth and Thirty-Ninth Annual Convocation of the M. 
E. Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of New Hampshire was held in 
the Masonic Temple in the City of Concord on Tuesday, May 20, 1958. 

The Convocation was opened in due form with prayer by the Grand 
Chaplain, Rev. Wilbur S. Deming. 

After the reception of the distinguished guests and Grand Repre- 
sentatives (among the number being three from Canada — Alfred H. 
White from Ontario, Harry F. Wing from British Columbia, and Charles 
E. Dearborn from Alberta), The Grand High Priest spoke as follows — 
"This Grand Chapter is particularly fortunate in having many ex- 
perienced craftmen who are ever ready and willing to lend assistance 
to carry on the work of this Jurisdiction. During the year we have lost 
four Grand Officers, Sixteen Past High Priests, and eighty-eight Royal 
Arch Masons. We extend our sympathy." 

Many official visitations were reported. 

The Grand High Priest recommended "That the Grand Royal Arch 
Chapters of Argentina and that of Free Germany be recognized and 
Granpl Representatives be exchanged." 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 3,556 — a net loss 
of 35. 

The Grand Treasurer reported a bank balance of $8,216.03. 

Harold S. Foster was elected Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Chapter closed in ample form at 4.30 p.m. 



New Jersey 

M. E. Oram E. Henry, Grand High Priest 

M. E. William Beck, Grand Secretary 

The One Hundred and First Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal 

Arch Chapter of the State of New Jersey was convened in the Masonic 

Temple, Trenton, New Jersey, on May 3, 1958, and opened in Form at 

9.00 o'clock by the Grand High Priest. 

The distinguished guests were received and accorded the Grand 
Honors. In his address the Grand High Priest said he felt honored by the 
presence of so many distinguished guests, from far and near, and he ex- 
tended a welcome to each one present. 

He referred to the many departed Companions and in his prayer he 
said, "We thank Thee for the ties that bind us to the unseen world and 
for the dear and holy dead, who compass us as a cloud of witnesses, and 
make the distant Heaven a home to our hearts." 

The High Priest recommended, that as a project, the Royal Arch 
Masons of New Jersey undertake to supply the Eye Clinic at the Masonic 
Home in Burlington with equipment needed to give the best possible 
service to the guests at the Home. He suggested a fund be set up and 
called "The Royal Arch Eye Clinic Fund". 

The Grand Secretary reported the membership to be 9,496 — a net 
loss of 71. 

The Grand Treasurer reported a balance on hand of $7,428.73. 

Jesse Schaem was elected to the office of Grand High Priest. 

No further business appearing, the Convocation was closed after 
prayer by the Right Excellent Grand Chaplain. 



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New York 

M. E. H. Randall Kreger, Grand High Priest 
M. E. George A. Lambert, Grand Secretary 
The One Hundred and Sixty-First Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of New York convened in 
the Masonic Temple in the City of Albany on Thursday, February 6, 
1958 at 9.30 a.m. The Grand Chapter was opened in ample form, with 
prayer at the Altar by the Grand Chaplain. 

The colours were presented at the Altar and the Companions joined 
in the Pledge of Allegiance, and in singing one verse of The Star Spangled 
Banner and one verse of God Save the Queen. 

The distinguished guests and representatives of other Jurisdictions 
were greeted and given Grand Honors. Among the Grand Representa- 
tives was Clifford A. McDonald from Canada and among the distinguished 
guests M. E. Maurice A. Searle, Grand First Principal from Canada and 
M. E. John M. Burden, Past Grand First Principal from Canada and 
Grand Representative of New York. 

Grand High Priest's address: — 

"All the strength and force of a man comes from his faith in things 
unseen. He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong 
convictions precede great actions. Clear, deep, living convictions rule 
the world. 

"This is the hour set apart to remember our faithful dead. A note 
of sadness is present, for always we find missing from their accustomed 
places, the forms and faces of Companions who have served this Grand 
Chapter with freedom, fervency and zeal. We owe them much. Our 
own conviction has been immensely strengthened and our faith far more 
virile because of them. We place upon the records of our proceedings 
an apprciation of their services and an expression of sorrow at their 
passing." A memorial prayer was offered at the Altar by R. E. the Rev. 
Charles D. Broughton, Grand Chaplain. 

In continuing the Grand High Priest said, "Our goal should be 'One 
out of every three Master Masons a Royal Arch Mason'. The 'Empire 
State' should boast a minimum of 100,000 Royal Arch Masons. 

"A Candidate is entitled to the best we can give him. Masonry can 
only be enjoyed through understanding. We as Royal Arch Masons seek 
to enlighten Master Masons. Any one entering upon a new field of 
labor must of necessity begin to develop his knowledge, otherwise he 
will soon become disinterested. Proficiency in the preceding degree must 
be demonstrated before being advanced. 

"Education is the very core of our being as Royal Arch Masons. You 
will find the magazine 'Royal Arch Mason' very valuable. 

"Our Grand Chapter is not a one-man organization; we need and 
can use the services and talents of every Companion in the State. 

"Individual reference is not being made to the visitations made by 
your Grand High Priest during the year 1957. Suffice it to say that a 
total of 213 visits were made, which included some one hundred and fifty 
events involving Chapters. 

"We are Masons and must by impression, implication or by affilia- 
tion, depict Masonry in our daily living. No Mason can fully appreciate 
unless he seeks more light and knowledge. It takes a lot of time to get 
experience, and once you have it, you ought to go on using it. We must 
remember that everything comes to him who hustles while he waits." 
the heritage which was his when he became a part of this great fraternity 



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The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 34,529 — a net loss 
of 383. 

Total balance on hand January, 1958— $23,872.30. 

M. E. Frederick C. Breithaupt was elected Grand High Priest. 

After reading the Journal of the Proceedings, Grand Chapter was 
closed in due and ancient form with prayer by the Grand Chaplain. 



New Zealand 

The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand held its 
Sixty-Sixth Annual Convocation in the Masonic Temple, The Terrace, 
Wellington, on Wednesday, March 5, 1958, at 10.00 a.m. 
M. E. Comp. T. A. Fletcher, presiding 
R. E. Comp E. Cannons, Grand Scribe E. 

Immediately following the opening ceremonies the usual welcome 
and reception was given to representatives and distinguished visitors. 

Owing to floods having caused disruption of the rail, road and air 
services, there were several who sent messages of regret at their inability 
to attend. After the confirmation of minutes the name of R. E. Com- 
panion J. N. Anderson was proposed as First Grand Principal for the 
ensuing year. The proposer said, "His wide Masonic knowledge and 
administrative abilities are well known to Companions." The nomination 
being seconded was declared unanimous. 

The address of the First Grand Principal, T. A. Fletcher, contained 
these extracts: 

"During the year it has been my pleasure and privilege to visit all 
districts in the Dominion. I have been particularly impressed by the 
high standard of work that I have witnessed and by the eagerness dis- 
played everywhere for further information on the Degrees of the 
H. R. A. 

"I have also endeavoured to stress the work of our Jubilee Scholar- 
ship Fund. The contributions this year have been nearly £1,000 more 
than last year. We have a proud record of assistance given (to the 
children of deceased Companions) and of young people who, thanks to 
the Jubilee Scholarship Fund, have taken full advantage of the oppor- 
tunities we have been able to give them. Let us keep up that proud 
record. 

"The membership was reported as 7,881 which is a gain of 134 for 
the year. During the year 1957, 13 scholarships were awarded. The re- 
ports on the progress of those receiving assistance have been uniformly 
good and the expressions of gratitude for our help are very rewarding." 

Canada was represented by M. E. Comp. N. B. Spencer, P. G. Z. 



North Carolina 

M. E. Clifton L. Taylor, Grand High Priest 
R. E. John H. Parker, Grand Secretary 

The Royal Arch Chapter of North Carolina was convened in the One 
Hundred and Thirty^Six Annual Convocation in the new Masonic Temple, 
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Tuesday, May 6, 1958, at 2.30 o'clock 
by M. E. Clifton L. Taylor, Grand Priest, following prayer by acting 
Grand Chaplain Rev. and Companion Sinclair Tebo. 

The distinguished visitors were received and given Grand Honours. 
In the roll call of Grand representatives, Canada was represented by 
E. G. LaPatra. The Grand High Priest expressed his pleasure at seeing 
so many representatives present and said it was an inspiration to have 
such wonderful support. 



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In his address, the Grand High Priest said, "Once more we are 
assembled together for the good of Capitular Masonry, and at this, the 
one hundred and thirty-sixth Annual Convocation of our Grand Chapter 
it is my pleasant privilege to extend you warm fraternal greetings. 

"At this time, when greed, oppression and ungodliness are rampant 
throughout the world, I feel I could not truly claim the grace of the 
Great Creator if I did not call attention to the great spiritual values of 
Royal Arch Masonry and the good effects that would be engendered if 
we faithfully practise the tenets of our profession. 

"Our hearts are heavy with sorrow in the knowledge that during 
this Grand Chapter year Companion David Ernest Bullock, Past Grand 
High Priest, and 109 other Companions throughout the State were called 
to eternal rest by the Supreme High Priest of the Universe. To their 
families and loved ones, we extend our sincere sympathy and trust that 
God's love will sustain them." 

Among the list of visits to other Jurisdictions, the Grand High Priest 
spoke of his attendance at the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada held in Toronto, Canada, April 26-29, 1958, at which time it 
celebrated its 100th anniversary. He said, "That Grand Chapter is to 
be congratulated on its contribution to Capitular Masonry and on its 
centenary program. Our Canadian Companions do things in grand style." 

These visits have been truly educational and spiritually uplifting. 

The Grand High Priest recommended that a recently published 3 
volume set "History of Royal Arch Masonry" should be in the library 
of each subordinate Chapter. It can be purchased for $9.00 per set. 

"Our annual losses from suspension on account of non-payment of 
dues are appalling. Losses from this source alone amounted to 185 in 1957. 
Attendance at Grand Chapter annual Convocations by a larger number 
of our Companions is of prime importance." 

The Board of General Purposes at the annual meeting of the Board 
held in the city of Winston-Salem, May 6, 1958, commended the Grand 
High Priest for his able and efficient administration of the affairs of 
the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of North Carolina during the past Capi- 
tular year and for his unselfish efforts in behalf of Capitular Masonry. 

The Grand Treasurer reported the grand total resources to be 
$51,395.90. 

The Grand Secretary reported the membership to be 7,470 at the 
end of December, 1957. This was a net gain of 77 members for 1957. 

On Wednesday morning, May 7th, Most Excellent James Luther 
Jordan, General Grand High Priest of the General Grand Chapter gave 
a most outstanding address. We regret being unable to quote more 
freely from this address. We do wish to direct your attention to this 
part of his message. "Freemasonry insists that a man is a moral and 
spiritual being, living in a moral and spiritual world; governed by moral 
and spiritual law. If the day ever dawns that Freemasons deny the 
historic thesis that man is a child of God, gifted with the dignity of free 
will and is an immortal soul; then all the magnificent temples in this 
broad land, all the gold in Fort Knox; all the mighty forces on land, or 
sea, or in the air; armed with all the nuclear weapons conceived by the 
minds of man, cannot save Freemasonry nor the free world." 

R. E. Companion Alton E. Baum was elected Grand High Priest for 
1958-59. 

Benjamin S. Scott, of London, Canada, was appointed to represent 
the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of North Carolina. 



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North Dakota 

M. E. Comp. Roscoe H. Sherman, Grand High Priest 
Clifford E. Miller, Grand Secretary 

The 69th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of North Dakota convened in the Masonic Temple, Jamestown, 
North Dakota, March 12, 1958, at 4 p.m. 

High Priest George Conklin, Jamestown Chapter No. 6, after opening 
his Chapter received Grand Chapter Officers, giving the appropriate 
Grand Honours and welcome. 

1957 proceedings were approved as printed and distributed. A Grand 
Chapter-Grand Council Banquet was held at 6.30 p.m. at which 170 Com- 
panions with their ladies were in attendance. 

At the Thursday morning session a lengthy list of distinguished 
guests were introduced, escorted to the Grand East, and given Grand 
Honours. An especially cordial greeting was extended to those Com- 
panions "who have come to sojourn with us from beyond that imaginary 
line to the north which stretches over 3,000 miles, unscarred and unmarred 
by either a fortification or a soldier." He then commented on the Peace 
Garden, half in Manitoba, half in North Dakota, as "one of the most 
unique institutions in all the world. Truly the sentiment expressed on 
the Stone Cairn is expressive of the heart and mind of masonry as well 
as that of the peoples of these two great free nations. So again I say 
to all of you, welcome to North Dakota where the 'Sunshine Spends the 
Winter'." 

In reporting his visitations to other Jurisdictions the Grand High 
Priest referred to Templar Park on the shores of beautiful Spirit Lake, 
Iowa, which furnishes a wonderful recreation and vacation area for all 
Iowa masons and their families. The park is complete with playground, 
a commodious hotel and a spacious pavilion erected and maintained by 
the Iowa Grand Commandery of Knights Templar. 

In recommending that "our delegation to the next triennial in I960" 
vote for a permanent increase of four cents per member after 1960, he 
comments on the increasing costs "of everything from lead pencils to 
clerical personnel and travelling expenses" with which all Grand Bodies 
are faced in the "relentless war waged by General Inflation." 

Membership: Returns for the year 1957, as in so many other Juris- 
dictions, were reported as disappointing because of a net loss of 40, 
largely due to remissions and suspensions. Membership beginning 1958 
is 2,808. 

An interesting and informative report was submitted by the Com- 
mittee on Capitular Education. "The essence of our program is a vigor- 
ous membership campaign (over 10,000 copies of a leaflet "Complete 
your Master Mason Degree" are available for promotional work among 
newly raised Master Masons); regular attendance at Blue Lodge com- 
munications; efficient and impressive presentation of the Capitular ritual 
in which as many companions as possible are to participate; cultivate a 
warm and sincere fraternal fellowship, diligent study of the history, 
philosophy and ritual of the Capitular Rite." 

Grand Representatives — Their representative to Canada, Albertus 
C. Scott, Rugby, North Dakota. Our representative to North Dakota, 
James Fergus, Montreal, Canada. 



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Nova Scotia 

M. E. Comp. Bertram Roland Taylor, Grand High Priest 
M. E. Comp. H. F. Sipprell, Grand Secretary 

The Eighty-Ninth Annual Convocation held in St. John's, Newfound- 
land, June 30, 1958. 

Special Convocations were held throughout the Masonic year at 
O'Leary, Prince Edward Island; Springfield, Nova Scotia; and Halifax, 
Nova Scotia. 

At the Springfield Convocation, the Grand Archivist in his Report 
made reference to "two papers of considerable importance to Royal Arch 
Masonry" read before the Masonic Research Association, namely: (1) 
"The correspondence with the Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter of Eng- 
land dealing with the territorial Sovereignty of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada formed in 1858", written by M. E. Comp. R. V. Conover; (2) 
"Royal Arch Masonry in Canada and United States before 1800", by M. E. 
Comp. R. V. Harris. Both these papers were favourably commented upon. 

The Report on Benevolence mentions the donation of a total of 
$1,465 "to assist a needy student in Acadia University; to help the hospital 
bill of the son of a brother Mason; subscriptions in Braille to blind 
friends throughout the Maritimes; and to raise funds for the Masonic 
Homes". In addition reference was made to refunds of Grand Chapter 
assessment to local Chapters for Benevolent purposes. 

A Divine Service was held on Sunday, June 29, in the Cochrane 
Street United Church at which the Grand Chaplain gave an impressive 
and appropriately Masonic Sermon on "I am that I am", Exodus 3: 14. 

The Grand Chapter was opened in ample form at 9 o'clock on Monday, 
June 30th. The Grand High Priest extended a hearty welcome to dis- 
tinguished members of sister Jurisdictions, received them in the East and 
called for Grand Honours. 

Most Ex. Comp. Bertram Roland Taylor began his address, "Com- 
panions, we are assembled today in this famed historic and friendly city 
of St. John's, in the oldest part of the British Commonwealth in North 
America, whose people are world-renowned for their independence of 
character and who are hospitable to a fault." He went on to urge all 
Companions to take an active interest in the deliberations and the pro- 
ceedings. 

"Again this past year we have seen crises in the cold war with 
communism, revolt in parts of Europe and North Africa, but the in- 
fluence of the statesmen from the countries that cherish the principles 
for which this Grand Organization stands has to a great extent nullified 
the efforts of those seeking to impose their will upon the Free World. 
We hope and pray that peace and harmony may soon be established 
among all Nations of the World." 

Membership — An increase of 136 brought membership to a total of 
2,864 "the highest in our history". The Grand Chapter of Canada offers 
congratulations. May the good record continues. 

The chairman of the Board of General Purposes recommended 
granting the request of the National Grand Chapter Helvetia of Royal 
Arch Masons of Switzerland for recognition and exchange of repre- 
sentatives. 

The Grand Treasurer's Reports showed finances in a satisfactory 
condition with annual receipts of upwards of $6,000. 



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The Annual Convention of the Grand Council of Annointed High 
Priests was held immediately following the clo-sing of the Annual Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter in ample form, Monday, June 30, at 3 o'clock 
p.m. 

Our representative — M. E. Comp. C. M. Pitts. Their representative 
to Canada, M. E. Comp. Dr. P. S. Cochrane. 

Ohio 

Clayton W. Vetrovsky, Grand High Priest 
R. E. Ralph W. Smith, Grand Secretary 
The One Hundred and Forty-First Annual Grand Convocation of the 
Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio was held in the city of Cleve- 
land, October 23-24, 1957. 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain, E. Comp. Charles Henry Gross, 
the Grand High Priest declared the Grand Chapter open. 

The distinguished guests were welcomed and given Grand Honors. 
Among the guests were three from Canada — Most Excellent Companion 
Maurice Searle, Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter of Canada; 
Most Excellent Companion Clarence Pitts, Past Grand First Principal 
of the Grand Chapter of Canada; and Most Excellent Companion Howard 
J. Moffat, Grand First Principal, Grand Chapter of Quebec. 

Extracts from the address of the Grand High Priest, Clayton W. 
Vetrovsky: 

"We need to learn once again in this fast moving and pleasure loving 
age of ours, where 'Mankind is our Business', to be men of vision and 
not television, reproving ourselves to the lessons of humbleness and true 
humility. Man did not create this world of ours, so he is merely privi- 
leged to walk uprightly in it for a few short years. He has provided our 
being and the entrance into this transitory world, with ample provisions 
for health, food, shelter, intellect and development during our earthly 
sojourn. Hence I am very certain that when our life's work is done, He 
has also arranged for our reception into that Celestial Chapter on High, 
from whence no traveller returns. 

"It again becomes my sad duty to ask your reverent attention as 
we remember those of our Companions, who, during the past year, have 
gone to their rest. One thousand, three hundred and eighty-two Com- 
panions have answered the final call." 

Prayer followed by the Grand Chaplain Rev. Charles Henry Gross, 
who then conducted a memorial service. 

Extracts from his memorial service: 

"Our Masonic teaching emphasizes and keeps constantly in the fore- 
ground, two thoughts which have ever been the source of that peace and 
contentment all men seek — the thought of God and the hope of immor- 
tality. We, as Masons, are banded together for one great purpose — the 
perfection of human character, motivated by faith in a personal God 
to whom we owe obedience and love and who alone is the source of all 
that is highest and noblest and best in life; and that this life is but a 
training time for a larger and fuller life yet to come. This is our aim 
and our ambition as men and Masons; to be true to it is not only our 
duty and responsibility, but our joy and peace as well." 

The Grand High Priest then continued: 

"This past year shall always be remembered as a large and beautiful 
gem of many facets, radiating unusual brilliance, with each occasion 
more memorable than the other. I have visited 181 Chapters in this 
Grand Jurisdiction, now comprising a total of 212. Sundry other com- 



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mitments made up a total of 201 visitations which entailed more than 
35,000 miles of travel, by car, train or plane as would best suit the need 
and location. 

"I can report a net gain in membership for the year of 969. This 
proves that our programming and united effort have not been in vain. 
However, there is a vast potential in Ohio still un-chaptered and avail- 
able to our Craft. The strength and moral character of this Fraternal 
Union can be no greater, nor any less, than the force for good by which 
standard it has been founded. " 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 67,135, a gain of 969. 

The Grand Treasurer reported receipts for past fiscal year in all 
funds amount to $71,738.70. 

In the report on Fraternal Correspondence on "Reviews" there 
appears the following: 

Companion Conover's "The Royal Craft in the Four Divisions of the 
Globe", (Canada 1957) remains one of the outstanding summations of 
Capitular proceedings. Companion Conover has the happy faculty of 
gleaning worthwhile quotations from proceedings. Indeed a Chapter 
could well take his review as the basis of one or two educational meetings 
of a type that would be a little different. 

Carl P. Nulsen was elected Grand High Priest. 

After benediction by the Grand Chaplain, the Most Excellent Grand 
Chapter of the State of Ohio was closed in ample form. 



Oklahoma 

The Grand Chapter of R. A. Masons of Oklahoma at its Sixty-Ninth 
Annual Convocation held in Bartlesville, April 8, 9, 1958. 

M. Ex. Comp. James R. Finney, Grand High Priest 1957-58 
Rt. Ex. Comp. James A. Lathem, Grand Secretary 

Several distinguished visitors were cordially welcomed by the G. H. 
P. and escorted to the Grand East and greeted with honours appropriate 
to their rank. Out of State visitors were unanimously elected as Hon- 
orary Members of the Grand Chapter of Oklahoma. 

Forty-four Grand Representatives were cordially welcomed by the 
G.H.P., accorded Grand Honors and reported the activities of their re- 
spective jurisdictions. Fourteen Past G.H.P.s were cordially and appro- 
priately received. 

The Grand High Priest in his report expressed regret at the passing 
of beloved companions. "Proper memorial will be given by the Necrology 
Committee. May we stand and be led in prayer by our Grand Chaplain." 

Various dispensations were announced and fraternal courtesies ack- 
nowledged. Grand Chapter Awards and Fifty-year Emblems and Cer- 
tificates were announced. In the exchange of Grand Representatives this 
reviewer is pleased to note the issuing of a commission to Rt. Ex. Comp. 
A. F. Tannahill of Canada in province of Ontario. 

A considerable list of visitations were listed attesting to the activi- 
ties of the G. H. P. in his own Jurisdiction. 

Reporting on his attendance at the Fiftieth Convocation of the Gen- 
eral Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons convened in Sun Valley, Idaho, 
on Oct. 1, 2, 3, 1957, the G. H. P. has this to say: "Against the unique 
background of the rare mountain beauty of this resort, whose entire 
facilities were turned over to the General Grand Chapter, the Companions 
of the Western Conference provided complete accommodations for the 
transaction of business and afforded unusual and novel entertainment 
features; such as riding ski-lifts to a mountain valley barbecue for the 
more than nine hundred Royal Arch Masons and their ladies." The G. 



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H. P. recommended recognition and exchange of representatives for the 
consideration of the Grand Chapter of Oklahoma to the newly organized 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the Republic of Germany, as 
has been done by "many if not all of the Grand Jurisdictions of the 
United States". 

The Treasurer's report showed a total of Bank, Savings and Loan 
and Bonds of $34,354.12 while the Grand Secretary comments that "Grand 
Chapter lived well within its income and within the appropriations and 
showed a net profit of $534.62." R. Ex. Comp. James A. Lathim also 
reports membership as of Jan. 1, 1958, of 7,777 — surely a propitious 
promise for the future according to the Pythagoreans. 

The Grand Chapter representative to the Masonic Charity Founda- 
tion Board of Directors reported "The financial statement of March 31, 
1958 shows tangible assets of $4,123,602.10, which does not include estates 
and bequests in the process of closing." These funds are principally 
invested in United States bonds and the entire income ($120,000.00 in 
1957) is paid "for the support of the Masonic Homes and such other 
charitable uses as the Grand Lodge may determine". 

The Grand Lecturer, M. Ex. Comp. W. King Larimore, gave a splen- 
did report of a busy year closing with "May I urge the Chapters to 
designate some interested Companion to qualify as proficient to instruct 
in our work. The Grand Lecturer is available to you on call, without 
expense to your Chapter for as long and as often as you need him." 

M. Ex. Comp. Hayward H. Skaggs, P.G.H.P., gave an excellent 
analysis as Fraternal Correspondent. A few statements from Companion 
Skaggs' report are worthy of special consideration. "The number of 
Grand Chapters experiencing losses has increased since last report and, 
even though not excessive in most jurisdictions we are of the opinion 
that when there is in connection poor attendance and lack of interest, it 
is time to make strict search and take corrective action. 

"A spirit of apathy seems to exist in the world today and has infil- 
trated into practically every phase of life. Many reasons for this un- 
happy situation have been advanced but perhaps we should take into con- 
sideration the rapid and continuing developments of nuclear power 
coupled with other scientific knowledge which has permitted our under- 
standing of the material universe to overshadow our spiritual concept, 
and, as a result, we find ourselves weighed down with many doubts and 
much indecision. 

"Man for the first time in his history has come into partial control 
of a power capable of giving him great material blessings, while on the 
other hand if his baser instincts prevail he may bring about his destruc- 
tion. It is evident that the time has come in our civilization for man to 
make a decision, for when the Master said, nearly two thousand years 
ago, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself He meant for the com- 
mandment to be literally obeyed. He was pointing to man's inhumanity 
to man and through His great compassionate love provided a way of life 
for all people to live in peaceful and harmonious co-existence." 

Canada's representative to Oklahoma is Ben F. Mandlebaum, Bortles- 
ville. 

Oregon 

Aronah H. MacDonnell, Grand High Priest 

Bruce A. Janes, Grand Scribe 

Richard H. Tusant, Grand Secretary 

The Ninety-Seventh Annual Convocation held in Portland, Oregon, 

April 16-17, 1958. Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons opened in ample 



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form by Grand High Priest in the Masonic Temple at 9.00 o'clock a.m., 
April 16, 1958. 

Following the prayer by the Grand Chaplain the National Colours 
were posted by the Grand Masters of the veils and the Oath of Allegiance 
given. A goodly number of visitors and guests were presented, intro- 
duced and accorded proper honours and heartily welcomed by the Grand 
High Priest. 

A special welcome was given to the Grand High Priest and members 
of York Cross of Honor, and Past Grand High Priest Turpin responded 
for them. Fraternal greetings were extended from the Grand Com- 
mandry by R. E. Grand Commander John H. Saul who gave a short ad- 
dress of appreciation urging York Rite co-operation in its fullest extent. 

The Grand High Priest M. E. Comp. MacDonnell, gave a recital of 
various functions at which he had taken part throughout the year in his 
owti and other Jurisdictions, and extensive list which covers four and one 
half pages in the Annual Proceedings and is an amazing tribute to the 
energy and abilities of the Grand High Priest, not only for the welfare 
of Capitular Masonry in Oregon, but throughout the various States and 
in British Columbia. One of the high lights of his report dealt with his 
visit to General Grand Chapter Session at Sun Valley, Idaho, in which 
M. E. Companion MacDonnell took a prominent part on various commit- 
tees. He lists the most important transactions accomplished at General 
Grand Chapter to which we make reference elsewhere in this review. 
May we quote, however, one paragraph from M. E. Companion MacDon- 
nell's report — "The Triennials were grand meetings. There were 908 
registered, 572 men, 331 women and children. The General Grand 
Chapter snowed a gain for the three years (1954-57) of 6,000, making a 
total membership of 616,000. I counted 23 present from Oregon." The 
financial report shows a revenue of $13,624.47, expenses of $8,332.16 
with total assets of $70,055.88. R. W. Davis, Grand Scretary. 

The Grand Secretary, Richard H. Tusant reported membership of 
December 31, 1957 — 8,611, a net loss of 76 from previous report of 
January 1, 1957. Oregon Chapter No. 4 however, showed a net gain of 
10.5 r f and is the winner of the new Dodge Cup. 

The Convocation was closed in ample form at 11.30 a.m. by M. r . 
Grand High Priest D. Lynn Woodson, to meet in ninety-eighth Annual 
Convocation on April 15-16, 1959, in the city of Rosenbury. 

Our Representative — Wm. E. Tregenza. 

Oregon's Representative — Rex. W. Davis, Salem. 



Pennsylvania 

For the year ending Dec. 27, 1957, the One Hundred and Sixty-second Year 
Walter D. Ferree, M. E. Grand High Priest 
John C. F. Kitselman, M. E. Grand Secretary 
The Quarterly Communication of the Grand Holy Royal Arch Chap- 
ter of Pennsylvania was opened in the Masonic Temple, Philadelphia, 
December 5th, 1957. Many distinguished visitors and Grand Representa- 
tives were welcomed by the M. Ex. Grand High Priest. "To our dis- 
tinguished guests, we are delighted that you have come to pay us a visit. 
The Grand Bodies you represent have been most gracious to us. We 
trust that your stay with us will indeed be pleasant, and that upon your 
return home, you will take with you many happy memories of this occa- 
sion." 

Commenting upon the Work, he commended the proficiency with 
which the degrees in general are being conferred. "These degrees are 
worthy of the utmost effort on the part of those who confer them." His 



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recital of visits within the Jurisdiction disclosed an amazingly busy year 
devoted mainly to the Grand Royal Arch Chapter, but to many phases 
of masonry as well. 

"We in our time are witnessing events, some of which are alarming. 
We are constantly faced with the problem of maintaining peace and at 
the same time find ourselves contestants in a race in the development 
of the most destructive and terrifying elements ever conceived in the 
minds of man ... As we approach the holiday season of 1957, may Peace 
and Goodwill be not only on the lips, but in the hearts of all Mankind and 
may we heed the admonition 'Be still and know that I am God'." 

The Financial Report shows stock and bonds worth $222,748.74 bear- 
ing yearly income of $8,331.45. Total receipts $85,423.67 and disburse- 
ments of $3,893.29. 

The Committee on Membership recorded decrease in petitions during 
the first ten month of 1957 of 269 as compared with a similar period in 
1956. 

One hundred and ninety certificates were awarded esteemed Com- 
panions in recognition of faithful membership as Royal Arch Masons 
for fifty years or more. 

Grand Chapter closed in Peace at three o'clock p.m., December 5. 

Arthur L. Miller represents Grand Chapter of Canada while our 
representative is Jo-hn Loftus House. 



Republic of the Philippines 

Jose E. Racela, Grand High Priest 
Antonio Gonzalez, Grand Secretary 
Sixth Annual Convocation held in: Place — Plaridel Masonic Temple, 
1440 San Marcelino, Manilla; Time— April 25, 1958, at 5 p.m. 

At 5 p.m., April 25, Right Ex. Comp. Nicanor E. Santos, D.G.H.P., 
opened the Chapter to receive the M. Ex. Grand High Priest, Comp. Jos. 
E. Racela, who also delivered the Address of Welcome before surrend- 
ering the gavel to the Most Ex. Grand High Priest. The latter thanked 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Santos for the warm words of welcome, and then he, in 
turn, extended a hearty welcome to the Most Wor. Grand Master of the 
Philippines, Bro. and Comp. Howard R. Hick. 

The Grand Master said that in accordance with the motto that he 
had chosen for his Masonic year "Prior planning prevents poor perform- 
ance" he had a short prepared message to give on this his first official 
visitation but one that was prepared in his heart only. He then spoke 
of the high regard in which the Grand Lodge held the York Rite "for the 
great work you are doing in the search for Masonic Light". The building 
of the Temple and its subsequent destruction is symbolic of human life, 
the rise and fall of Israel, a mirror of human existence; this is exempli- 
fied in the degrees of Capitular Masonry. The stories of the Mark 
Master, the Past Master and the Royal Arch are Masonic lessons that 
cannot help but build character and bring any man closer to his Maker, 
and in doing so to help him find the Truth, the object of man's search, 
where he may stand, revealed in all its immaculate purity in the Recovery 
of the Word." 

The Grand Master concluded his moving address with an appeal to 
Royal Arch Masons "to help make Free Masonry a powerful, dynamic 
force in our Philippines", and by '"extending my felicitations and best 
wishes on the occasion of your sixth Annual Convocation." 

Following the roll call of Grand Officers and Chapters came the 
presentation of "the Flag of our country" and the pledge of allegiance. 



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The Most Ex. Grand High Priest then warmly welcomed the dele- 
gates of subordinate chapters reminding- them that the power of legisla- 
tion rested upon them and urging them to take part in the deliberations. 

An eloquent and sincere response was made by Rt. Ex. Comp. Lloyd 
Haig who, in the name of the delegates, expressed the assurance that 
the convocation would close with unprecedented accomplishments. To 
quote but a few words: "Thus we and all humanity will enjoy forever 
the blessings of peace and righteousness and happiness, and we will live 
as brothers, safe and free from tyranny and oppression. We thank you 
for this hearty reception and will forever cherish the love which you 
have so kindly shown us." 

A warm welcome was extended by the Most Ex. Grand High Priest 
to Grand Representatives, to which Ex. Comp. Macario C. Navia respond- 
ed in simple and eloquent words. "Masonry's sphere is in the field of 
morality. Like religion, its realm is in the spirit. Its philosophy deals 
with three opposite conditions — Darkness and Light, Ignorance and 
Knowledge, Loss and Recovery. Royal Arch Masonry, as you know, 
stresses Recovery. May we not be permitted to draw a broad allusion 
from this Masonic fact that we have a particular mission to help in re- 
covery of what the World has lost and needs most — its PEACE and 
SECURITY? 

"Each one of us is a link in a great chain that goes round the world. 
Ours is not the only chain, but let every Royal Arch Mason be not the 
least in earnest effort toward the preservation of the bonds of friendship 
and good understanding among all peoples which will bring humanity 
back to the the happiness of a devoted fellowship of a united family 
under the fatherhood of God. 

"Viewed in this light, M. E. G. H. P., our presence this evening 
acquires greater meaning and purpose ..." 

Next we present some of the outstanding features in the Report of 
G. H. P., Jose E. Racela: "Royal Arch Masonry demonstrates many 
aspects of life, yet the most fundamental is the concept of building 
within ourselves a Temple which foundation is spiritual that is in- 
destructible. R. A. Masonry like Craft Masonry, prepares the individual 
in his spiritual life which he should live on earth." 

NECROLOGY— "The scythe of time has knocked at the door of some 
of our Companions. Truly these Companions have completed life's jour- 
ney and gone ahead of us to that land 'from whose bourne no traveller 
returns'. We are saddened with their passing, and thankful that God, 
in His mercy, has granted us the privilege of associating, walking and 
working with them." 

CONDITION OF THE CRAFT: "The reports of committees will 
reveal to you that the condition of the Chapters is generally good." 

"There is an increased membership and the finances are sound" 
(1,145 membership, an increase of 140; and a net gain of $2,945.35). 
Dispensations to form new Chapters — 4. 

One Conferral which attracted much attention here and abroad, was 
the exaltation of Bro. General Emilio Famy Aguenaldo to the degree 
of the Holy Royal Arch, Nov. 25, 1957. In spite of his advanced age, the 
Grand Old Man suffered none in order to attend his investiture." 

CONCLUSION: "The past year, as your Grand High Priest, has 
been for me one of the greatest and richest experiences of my life. It 
was a rewarding one too. I had the chance to extend my search for 
knowledge and trust that I have absorbed some portion of the wisdom 
and understanding . . . Masonry is to me more than a mere institution of 
Freedom-loving and religious people. It is a way of life. Its challenge 



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today, like that of yesteryears, is the aid it can give to all mankind. 
Free masonry can only be felt through a practical and realistic demon- 
stration of Charity and Brotherly Love, in the form and other Masonic 
aids that can be dispensed within the latitudes of its Ancient landmarks." 

Quebec 

Grand First Principal, M. E. Comp. H. ,J. Moffatt 
Grand Scribe E., M. E. Comp. H. Pickering 
The Eighty-First Annual Convocation was held in Montreal, Wednes- 
day, March 26, 1958. In addition to a full attendance of Grand Chapter 
Officers and Grand Superintendents of Districts, thirty Grand Repre- 
sentatives were present to represent their respective Jurisdictions. 

The Grand First Principal welcomed the members and distinguished 
visitors, and referred to the passing of many friends and Companions. 
"May you continue to build faithfully and well upon the solid foundation 
which they laid for us. They have laid aside their working-tools; their 
earthly temples are complete." 

In regard to Membership he said: "The Report of our Grand Scribe 
E. will again show an increase (31) in net membership (total 3,315) 
which is gratifying. I have tried to stress throughout the year that our 
success will depend on holding our present members fully as much as in 
securing new members. Every Companion must be properly and com- 
pletely instructed in Royal Arch Masonry. Each newly-admitted candi- 
date must be made to feel that his presence in the Chapter is not only 
welcome but essential to the progress of the Chapter. Let us strive to 
make better Masons rather than more Masons." 

In his report M. E. Comp. H. Pickering, Grand Scribe E., said that 12 
chapters show an increase, 11 show a decrease, and 2 remain stationary. 
"The total revenue passing through my office amounted to $3,816, being 
an increase of $56.00 as compared with last year's revenue." 

The Committee on State of the Order recommends: We note that 
some chapters that have no candidates open and close the chapter only| 
We recommend that the Officers of ALL Chapters exemplify a degree in 
order that they may keep themselves proficient in their work. 

The Report on Finance and Benevolence informs us that "the assets 
of Grand Chapter now total $50,457.72, this being a gain over the previous 
year of $1,096.96. The total Assets applicable to the Benevolent Fund 
is $43,162.20. Grants recommended to Can. Red Cross, Children's Hos- 
pital, Montreal and Salvation Army amount to over $600. 

Election of Officers for the year 1958: Grand First Principal, M. E. 
Comp. H. A. Morecraft; Grand Second Principal, Rt. Ex. Comp. H. Wall 
Clarke; Grand Third Principal, Rt. E. B. MacCharles; Grand Scribe E., 
M. E. Comp. H. Pickering. 

During the evening session the Companions were addressed by M. 
Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, Grand First Principal, Grand Chapter of Canada 
in Ontario-, and by M. E. Comp. F. C. Breithaupt, Grand High Priest of 
the Grand Chapter of New York. Thanks to your Grand Reviewer for 
your kindly references to Canada. 

Rhode Island and Providence Plantations 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Rhode Island and 

Providence Plantations held their One Hundred and Sixty-First Annual 

Convocation in Freemasons Hall, Providence, on Saturday, March 1, 1958. 

M. E. Comp. George E. Cleek, Grand High Priest 

R. E. Comp. Harry A. Reed, Grand Secretary 

Grand Chapter opened in ample form at 10.00 a.m. with the usual 

tribute to Flag and Country- A goodly number of guests and Represen- 



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tatives were present. On the Roll Call of Grand Representatives Canada 
was answered by Chester A. Southworth. 

The Grand High Priest began his address by extending a "warm 
personal and fraternal welcome" and trusting that "your stay will be 
both enjoyable and fruitful." 

He reported having visited each Chapter at least once and many of 
them on several different occasion. "I have found in most cases a fine 
and enthused spirit prevails". Although some Chapters are showing 
improvement "there are still a few soft spots". 

"My first concern was to try and improve the membership of the 
various Chapters. I am sorry to report a loss in membership for this 
year. (You are not alone in regretting this situation at the present 
time, 1957, but your good work will bear fruit in coming days, says this 
reviewer). 

One of the highlights in the Report of Visitations was that of Janu- 
ary 23, 1958, which may I quote in full: "I accepted an invitation of Ex. 
Comp. Robert F. Poyton H. P. and made an official visit to Harmony 
Chapter No. 15. A suite of twenty-four witnessed the M. E. M. Degree 
on a class of 33 candidates in a very fine and impressive manner. This 
was an evening long to remember." 

Among the visits to Sister Jurisdictions was one to the 99th Annual 
Convocation of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Canada upon the 
invitation of M. E. Companion John L. House, April 23-24-25 in Toronto. 

Nova Scotia was another Annual Convocation that M. E. Companion 
Cleek attended across the International Border where he was "greatly 
honoured and pleasantly surprised to be awarded the Joseph Conway 
Brown Bronz Medal for meritorious service to Royal Arch Masonry". 

Twenty-one Fifty Year Awards were made. Reporting on his visit 
to the Fiftieth Triennial Convocation in Sun Valley, Idaho, M. E. Comp. 
Cleek said, "At the request of the new General Grand High Priest, it is 
his wish that the Religious Affirmation Day be a yearly Day Observance 
on the Sunday before the 24th October." 

Reporting for the Committee on Foreign Correspondence, R. E. 
Companion Harry A. Reed said he had received and reviewed fifty-one 
proceedings of Grand Jurisdictions and had mailed to each the "Pro- 
ceedings of this Grand Chapter". From the Proceedings of the Grand 
Chapter of Maryland he quoted a section of the report of their Committee 
on Correspondence: "The condition of Capitular Masonry in the various 
jurisdictions as indicated in the reports of the Grand Officers is gener- 
ally good. All Grand Chapters have similar problems, most of which 
are our problems also, such as (a) retaining the interest of the mem- 
bers, (b) increasing attendance at Chapter Convocations, (c) reducing 
the number of suspensions and demissions and (d) the oft-declared prob- 
lem of increasing the number of exaltations. On all sides we find an 
awareness of the conditions, but nowhere have we seen any sure fire 
solutions. There is universal agreement, however, that Work and En- 
thusiasm on the part of Chapter Officers are mandatory if progress is 
to be made." 

This I have quoted in full because it deals with a problem facing 
almost all Jurisdictions of Royal Arch Masonry today. 

All business having been completed the 161st Annual Convocation 
closed in ample form by the Most Excellent Grand High Priest at 1.00 
o'clock p.m. with prayer at the Altar by the Grand Chaplain. 

Our Representative: Edward H. Brennan, Leamington. 
Their Representative: Chester A. Southworth. 



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Saskatchewan 

M. E. Comp. Leonard J. Chase, Grand Z. 
Alfred A. Wilson, Grand Scribe E. 
The Thirty-Fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Saskatchewan was convened at the Masonic Temple, 
Prince Albert, on Wednesday, May 28, 1958. 

Immediately following the opening of the Grand Chapter, the Mayor 
of Prince Albert, David Stuart, extended a welcome. 

Then followed the reception of the distinguished visitors and Grand 
Representatives. The Grand Z. gave these Companions a very warm 
welcome and Grand Honours were given them. 

Before the agenda was entered into, M. E. Comp. Dr. Norman D. 
Kennedy offered a very fine invocation. 

The Grand Z. in his address spoke of his visitations to the different 
Chapters. He attended the Convocation of the General Grand Chapter 
R. A. M. at Sun Valley, Idaho, and found it very inspiring. 

He said, "It was a great privilege to attend the Centennial Convoca- 
tion of the Grand Chapter of Canada, held in Toronto, April 26-29. The 
business sessions were conducted with dignity and efficiency. A service 
of Thanksgiving, attended by 1,900 Masons and their wives, was held 
on the Sunday prior to the opening of Grand Chapter. The banquet, 
held on the evening of the 28th, was attended by 1,200. The Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Canada were most gracious and made our visit 
one long to be remembered. 

"We record and mourn the passing of 56 Companions of this Grand 
Jurisdiction in 1957. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved." 

Many splendid reports were given. 

The Grand Treasurer reported a bank balance at end of March, 1958, 
to be $3,156.63 and bonds to the value of $9,500.00. 

The Grand Scribe E. reported a total membership December 1957— 
2,932, net gain for the year of 61. 

M. E. Comp. Dr. James P. Whyte was elected Grand Z. 

The Grand Chapter was closed in ample form at 5.15 p.m. 

Scotland 

Review of the Quarterly Convocation held in Royal Arch Freemasons 
Hall, Edinburgh, on Friday, December 20, 1957. 

M. E. Comp., the Rt. Hon. The Earl of Galloway, L.L., J.P., as Grand 
Z., presiding. 

M. E. Comp. W. A. Laird, Grand Scribe E. 

The Grand Z opened his address on this occasion: "Companions, once 
again the Christmastide is with us and the spirit of kindness and com- 
passion animates all our hearts, and so it is meet and proper at this 
time that we pause for a moment to thank the Most High for the loving 
service to our Order which has been so willingly given by our Companions 
all over the world, and particularly, the work of those who have passed 
within the Veil since last we met." 

The Grand Z then paid fitting tribute to the service of several out- 
standing Companions in various parts of the world and to express deepest 
sympathies and condolences to those who mourn their passing. "We trust 
that our Heavenly Father in His infinite mercy will grant them His 
comfort and support." 

The establishment of fraternal relations with the Grand Chapter of 
the Netherlands was agreed was acclamation. 



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The M. E. Grand First Principal made detailed and interesting re- 
ports upon his visit to the Companions in South Africa, Rhodesia, Nyasa- 
land and Kenya. May I quote part of one paragraph of his delightfully 
written report of his journey from Captown by the "Garden Route" to 
Port Elizabeth in the motor car of M. E. Comp. F. C. and Mrs. Harris, 
"Our route lay through rolling fertile lands and round Mossel Bay to the 
township of George where we stayed overnight at the Hawthordene 
Hotel in very delightful garden grounds with protea, arum lillies, and a 
host of colourful plants. The next day we travelled through very magni- 
ficent scenery, stopping at Knysna to see the centre of the Stinkwood 
furniture and woodcarving industry. The Stinkwood trees grow in this 
area but take 200 years to mature. The vast areas for which our District 
Superintendents are responsible and the long journeys they make in 
the interests of our Order and our Companions were forcibly impressed 
on our minds." And so page after page of this remarkable journey with 
a host of interesting detail and charming pictures constitutes one of the 
most delightful records of the visits of a Grand Z. to be encountered in 
the proceedings of any Jurisdiction. 

A renewed invitation from the Grand Chapter of Canada 
for a Deputation to attend their Centenary Celebrations in Toronto at 
the end of April was considered by the Committee and in accordance 
with their recommendation of June last it was unanimously agreed that 
the M. E. First Grand Principal and Grand Scribe E. should go to Toronto 
to represent Grand Chapter." 

The account of that visit and the delight of the Canadian Companions 
and their Grand Chapter Officers in the presence of Grand Z. of the 
Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland and of his Grand Scribe E. have 
been recorded in the 1958 Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Canada. 



South Carolina 

Everett V. Hinton, Grand High Priest 
S. A. Bannister, Grand Secretary 

The Most Excellent Grand Royal Arch Chapter of South Carolina 
convened in its One Hundred and Forty-Seventh Annual Convocation, 
Tuesday, March 11, 1958, at 9 a.m. in the Francis Marion Hotel, Charles- 
ton, S.C. 

Many distinguished guests were present and were given a welcome. 
All guests from out of State, not previously elected, were elected to 
Honorary membership in this Grand Chapter. 

In his address, the Grand High Priest said, "It is a pleasure to wel- 
come you to this Convocation. We are especially delighted to have so 
many guests from other Grand Jurisdictions with us to enjoy the hos- 
pitality of the Companions of Charleston. 

"While the grim reaper has spared our official line, we mourn the 
passing of sixty-five Companions. To their families and friends we ex- 
tend our deepest sympathy. 

"I was privileged to visit eighteen of our Subordinate Chapters 
during the year. I also attended the Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Tennessee, North Carolina and Ohio. It was my pleasure to 
represent our Grand Chapter on the 50th Triennial Convocation held at 
Sun Valley, Idaho, October 1st to 3rd, 1957. 

"The statistical report will show a net gain of two hundred and 
twenty in membership during the year. We have over 46,000 Master 
Masons who are not Royal Arch Masons. 

"Our present Ritual is very difficult to read and understand. I there- 



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fore recommend: That our present Ritual be abolished and the Ritual as 
put out by the General Grand Chapter be adopted in its stead." 

The Grand Treasurer reported total cash available for operations — 
$26,527.96. 

After various splendid reports were given the election of officers 
took place. 

S. A. Bannister, Grand High Priest. 

C. -J. Peterson, Grand Secretary. 

The Grand Chapter was closed at 12.30 p.m. with prayer by the 
Grand Chaplain. The next Grand Conclave to be held in the City of 
Anderson, S.C., Tuesday, March 10, 1959. 



South Dakota 

John A. Johnson, Grand High Priest 
Elvin F. Strain, Grand Secretary 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of South Dakota held its 
Sixty-Eighth Annual Convocation at Rapid City, October 22, 1957. 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain the flags of the United States 
and Canada were presented. Companion Ben Knect was soloist at the 
presentation of the flags. M. E. Companion Hugh Aiken of the Grand 
Chapter of Manitoba, gave a fitting tribute to the Canadian Flag. A. J. 
West, Grand Z. of Manitoba was also present. 

The distinguished guests and Grand Representatives were received 
and welcomed. A special welcome was given to Companion Martin G. 
Carlisle, Past Grand High Priest of South Dakota 57 years ago. The 
Grand High Priest welcomed Companion Carlisle and said he was per- 
haps the o-ldest living Past Grand High Priest in the nation. 

Extracts from address of the Grand High Priest: 

"The life of man is a diary in which he means to write one story 
and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the 
volume as it is, with what he vowed to make it. 

"Many of our devoted Companions in the several Chapters have left 
us during the year. We mourn their passing. We cherish their memory. 
We extend our sympathy to the bereaved. 

"Our pleasure in visiting with the various Chapters cannot be mea- 
sured. In the larger Chapters the degree work and the attendance is 
outstandingly good. We drove over 4,000 miles contacting Chapters 
within the State. Inspiring indeed were the Convocations of our Sister 
Jurisdictions. These experiences forcibly pointed up the tenet of 
Masonry's university." 

The Grand Treasurer's report showed a balance September 30, 1957 
of $6,486.57 and bonds to the value of $15,000.00. 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 4,265, a net gain of 5. 

Carl E. Voight was elected Grand High Priest. 



Tennessee 

William David McAnulty, Grand High Priest 
Thomas Earl Doss, Grand Secretary 
The One Hundred and Twenty-Ninth Annual Convocation of the Most 
Excellent Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Tennessee was held in 
Nashville on Monday, March 24, 1958, with the Grand High Priest pre- 
siding. 

The distinguished visitors were introduced, escorted to the East and 
received Grand Honors. 



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After Ins words oi' welcome he referred to the loss of 174 Com- 
panions during the year and expressed sympathy to the bereaved. The 
Grand Chaplain Rev, George E. Coleman offered prayer. 

Here is a brief extract from the High Priest's address: — 
"Last year. 1 asked that the line officers in the Grand Chapter, visit 
the Chapters in their section of the State and offer their services in any 
way that they might be needed. I am convinced that some good has 
resulted in the way of inspiration, giving life to dormant Chapters and 
instruction in the work. The gain in membership during the past year 
was 440. 

"If our membership grows the Grand Officers are going to have to 
assume the leadership in promoting Capitular Masonry and inspire the 
officers and members of the Chapters to greater effort and leadership, 
in better ritualistic work. Masonic education and promotion of Royal 
Arch Masonry." 

The Grand High Priest recommended the recognition of the Grand 
Chapter of the Netherlands and the exchange of Grand Representatives. 

The Grand Secretary reported the number of members December 31, 
1957, to be 16,318, a net gain of 440. 

The Grand Treasurer reported assets to the value of $72,327.90 (cash, 
bonds, etc.). 

James Peek Buck was elected Grand High Priest. 
Grand Chapter was closed in ample form. 



Texas 

Allen J. O'Brien, M. E. Grand High Priest 

C. A. Young, R. E. Grand Secretary 

The One Hundred and Eighth Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of Texas was opened in due form by the M. E. Grand High Priest, 
Allen J. O'Brien. The meeting was held in the city of Waco, Monday and 
Tuesday, December 2-3, 1957. 

A beautiful floral wreath occupied a place of honor in the Grand 
East to commemorate the lives of 748 Companions of the Jurisdiction 
who had passed on during the year. 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain the Companions pledged their 
allegiance to the flag. 

Then followed the introduction and reception of the distinguished 
guests and Grand Representatives. There were six representatives present 
from Canada. 

Extracts from address of Grand High Priest: 

"A large number of you travelled many miles through this vast State 
to reach Waco. This speaks well of your interest and dedication to 
Masonry. Masonry in Texas will never die with Masons imbued with the 
spirit, the philosophy and dedication to service as we have represented 
here today. 

Masonry teaches US that with obligations comes responsibilities. 
That points a finger at every Mason, old and new. When young men 
become interested in institutions such as ours I do not believe we have 
much to worry about here in America. Their lives, guided by the teach- 
ings of religion and Masonry, certainly guarantee the American way of 
life. 

This year 748 of our Companions answered the call of the grim 
reaper. We extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved." 



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The Grand High Priest spent a very busy year visiting in his own 
and sister Jurisdictions. 

The Grand Treasurer reported a balance in General Fund of $27,- 
077.08, and in the savings account $10,150.00. Bonds to the value of 
$131,900.00. 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 47,655, a gain of 373. 

R. B. Underwood was elected Grand High Priest. 

Fred F. De Vaney was elected Grand Secretary. 

The one hundred and eighth Convocation was closed in ample form. 
Prayer followed by the Grand Chaplain. 



Utah 

Herman O. Fletscher, Grand High Priest 
Bert Atwater, Grand Secretary 

The M. E. Grand Chapter R. A. M. of Utah held its Forty-Seventh 
Annual Convocation in the Masonic Temple at Salt Lake City, Utah, 
Wednesday, May 13, 1958, at 10:00 A.M. with Companion Herman O. 
Fletscher, Grand High Priest, presiding. 

The Grand Chapter was opened in due form by Herman O. Fletscher, 
the Grand High Priest. The Grand Chapter being duly opened, the Grand 
Captain of the Host was directed to present the United States flag west 
of the altar and the Companions joined in the pledge of allegiance to the 
flag. 

The address of welcome was given by E. Companion Ralf Baker, 
High Priest of Utah Chapter No. 1. 

Many distinguished guests were welcomed. 

In his address the Grand High Priest reported on his many visitations 
to constituent Chapters. He said, "It is heartening to find most of our 
Chapters in excellent condition financially and spiritually and well 
staffed with competent officers." 

In the necrology report we read: "They gave of themselves in their 
belief in Masonry and did their best to make us realize the truths taught 
through our degrees. The world needs the teaching of Masonry. Let us be 
determined that the great lessons of fellowship and brotherhood that our 
departed loved ones, in Masonry, taught to us will through us be handed 
on to increasing numbers, so that we, too, may merit that accolade that 
we know our departed Companions have received, "Well done!" 

Prayer followed. 

The Grand Secretary reported a total membership of 1,474, which 
was a net loss of 11. 

The Grand Treasurer reported actual cash on hand May 1st, $1,506.12. 

Jack Richards was elected Grand High Priest. 

Bert Atwater was elected Grand Secretary. 

The forty-eighth Annual Convocation will be held the second Wed- 
nesday in May, 1959, in the Masonic Temple in Salt Lake City. 

There being no further business, M. E. High Priest Richards de- 
clared the Convocation closed. 



Vermont 

M. Lionel Burdick, Ludlow, M. E. Grand High Priest 
Aaron H. Grout, Burlington, R. E. Grand Secretary 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Vermont held 
its One Hundred and Forty-First Annual Convocation in the city of Bur- 
lington, Tuesday, June 10, 1958. 



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The Grand Chapter was opened by Comp. M. Lionel Burdick, M. E. 
Grand High Priest, in ample form after prayer by the Grand Chaplain. 
After the presentation of the flag of the United States at the altar the 
oath of allegiance was repeated and the colours deposited in the East. 

Then followed the reception of Past Grand High Priests and dis- 
tinguished guests, who were warmly welcomed by the Grand High Priest, 
invited to seats in the East, and accorded the grand honours. Alton G. 
Wheeler. M. W. Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Vermont, F. and 
A. M., the head of the foundation of all Masonry in our jurisdiction, was 
greeted with applause, assured of the loyalty of the Capitular Rite, 
accorded the Grand Honours, and seated in the East. 

The following resolution was received and referred to the Commit- 
tee on Ritual: 

"Be it resolved that the Ritual now in use in Vermont, under the 
Grand Chapter of Vermont, R. A. M., be amended by eliminating the 
Past Master degree as a required degree in Vermont Capitular Masonry 
and prerequisite to full membership in a Royal Arch Chapter." 

Among the many Grand Chapter representatives present we note the 
name of George E. Cummmgs, representing Canada. 

In the address of the Grand High Priest he referred to the loss of 
one hundred Companions who, a short time ago, were with us in our 
Chapters. "We mourn their loss and extend sympathy to their relatives 
and friends." 

Outstanding among his visitations the Grand High Priest mentions 
the General Grand Chapter Triennial held in Sun Valley, Idaho. "This 
meeting was something to long remember. About nine hundred and fifty 
representatives were in attendance." He also referred to a trip to Canada 
for the one hundredth anniversary of the Grand Chapter of Canada. "I 
had the pleasure of meeting three distinguished Companions from Scot- 
land, one from England and one from Australia. On Sunday, at the 
Grand Chapter church service, about one thousand six hundred and fifty 
Companions were in attendance." 

As in other jurisdictions the Grand High Priest regretted to report a 
loss of twenty-three for the year. 

An important recommendation made in the Grand Secretary's report 
was that a blanket liability policy in the Seabord Surety Co., issued in 
the name of the Grand Chapter and covering all subordinate Chapters, 
be procured and kept in force, and to pay the cost thereof that each 
Chapter be annually assessed twelve cents for each of its members. 

The committee on Credentials reported that twenty-five out of 
twenty-seven Chapters were in attendance with a total of one hundred 
and eighty-eight members present. 

The committee on Correspondence recommended that the Grand 
Chapter of Vermont extend recognition with exchange of representatives 
to the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Argentina. 

Arthur E. Dietrich, Burlington, was chosen M. E. Grand High Priest 
for 1958-59. 

No further business appearing, the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
Vermont was closed in ample form. 

The Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria 

The first quarterly Convocation of the Supreme Grand Chapter of 
Victoria for the year 1957 was held in Freemasons Hall, Melbourne, 
Wednesday, April 17, 1957. 

The Grand Chapter was opened in Ample, Ancient and Solemn Form 
at 4:45 P.M. M. E. Comp. A. J. Dean presiding. As M. E. Comp. Dean's 



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period of office terminated with this meeting he reported: "In Victoria 
our Order is growing in numerical strength, but not rapidly; we cannot 
expect, nor should we desire, that our numbers should increase at a 
rapid rate. The relationship of the Royal Arch to the Craft is to provide a 
further field of activity for the deeper thinking Freemasons; the number 
of such will always be limited, but our relative smallness is no measure 
of the value of our impact on the whole Masonic Family in Victoria." 

At this Convocation R. E. Comp. William Duncan Kennedy was 
elected and installed as M. E. First Grand Principal of the Supreme 
Grand Chapter of Victoria. R. E. Comp. H. D. Thomas, P. G. H., con- 
tinued as Grand Scribe E. 

In his address at the July 17 Quarterly Convocation the First Grand 
Principal expressed delight with the friendliness and hospitality extended 
to him on his visits in both town and country. He notes that so many 
Royal Arch Masons are engaged in church, charitable, municipal and 

other good works in their communities. 

In the Quarterly Convocation of Wednesday, January 15, 1958, the 
Grand Treasurer reported total assets of £14,628. 

S. G. Newdick is our representative at Victoria and Allan Grant Near 
Grand Chapter of Victoria. 



Virginia 

Uroy Winston Harris, Grand High Priest 
James Noah Hillman, Grand Secretary 
The One Hundred and Fiftieth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons in the Commonwealth of Virginia was held 
in the Masonic Temple, Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday, October 22, 1957. 
After prayer by the Grand Chaplain, Edward Leon Smith, the Grand 
Chapter was opened in Solemn Form. 

The distinguished guests and Grand Representatives were then pre- 
sented and welcomed. Canada was represented by M. E. Comp. J. A. M. 
Taylor, Past Grand First Principal. 

Extracts from the address of the Grand High Priest: 

"It affords me great pleasure to bring you the greetings of the 
67,000 Masons in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This is a time when all 
of us as members of this great Fraternity must stand together shoulder 
to shoulder in facing the problems of the years that lie ahead. We must 
plan our work with diligence. One of our prime objectives as a great 
Fraternity is the building of a better world for tomorrow. We must have 
vision. 

Freemasonry is a living, a moving, a vibrating force in the world 
today. It should be a gospel of living service to God and to our fellow 
men. Our Freemasonry has held up the fact that there is no salvation 
save we turn only to the tabernacle whence cometh all our help. 

We miss many beloved friends who walk with us no more. It is with 
sorrow and a sense of great loss that we report the death of 323 Com- 
panions of our Constituent Chapters. Our sympathies are extended to 
their families. In loving memory of these departed Companions let us 
stand in silent meditation while our Grand Chaplain leads us in prayer." 

Then followed a long list of visitations. 

In summing up the Grand High Priest said, "There are 21 Capitular 
districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia representing 80 Royal Arch 
Chapters and a membership of 18,145 Royal Arch Masons. Royal Arch 
Masonry enjoys a favorable position in Virginia Masonry. 



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To justify our existence as Royal Arch Masons and be worthy of our 
heritage let us be men of personal integrity, civic responsibility, social 
responsibility and moral responsibility." 

The Grand Secretary reported a membership of 18,145, a net gain of 
40. 

The Grand Treasurer reported balance September 30, 1957— $14,- 
732.70, made up of cash and bonds. 

M. E. Silverius Churn was elected Grand High Priest. 

The Convocation was closed in ample form. 



Washington 

Kenneth N. Carmody, Grand High Priest 

Walter H. Steffey, Grand Secretary 

The Seventy-Fourth Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand 

Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Washington convened in the Masonic 

Temple, Tacoma, Thursday, May 22, 1958, at the hour of nine o'clock A.M. 

The Grand Chapter was opened in ample form by Most Excellent 
Companion Kenneth N. Carmody, Grand High Priest, assisted by the 
officers of the Grand Chapter. 

Omar T. Bratrud, a member of the city council of Tacoma, extended 
to the Grand Chapter a hearty welcome to the city of Tacoma. 

Distinguished guests were escorted to the Grand East, introduced to 
the Grand Chapter and accorded the Grand Honors of Royal Arch 
Masonry. Many Knights of the York Cross of Honor were presented west 
of the altar and courteously welcomed by the Grand High Priest. 

In his address the Grand High Priest said, "It is gratifying to note 
the enthusiasm with which the Companions are using the Code, Monitor 
and Ritual. How fortunate we are in Washington that our Grand Chapter 
has provided these most important working tools for our use. We are the 
only Grand Chapter in the world, to my knowledge, who has made avail- 
able to every member these important aids to better Capitular pro- 
ficiency and understanding. 

"I am disappointed to report that we did not show a net gain for the 
year. True we did come from a loss the year before of fifty-eight mem- 
bers to a loss of only two, but still a loss. 

"It is my sad duty to report that one hundred and ninety-six of our 
Companions have gone over the Great Divide. Let us stand while the 
Grand Chaplain offers a prayer in memory of our departed Companions. 

"I have had the pleasure of visiting, at least once, each of the 
fifty-seven Chapters of our wonderful State. 

"On September 27th I had the pleasure, with the assistance of 
twenty-seven of the Grand Officers to institute Triple Tau Chapter. 
Among those present was Most Excellent Companion Arthur Hamilton, 
Grand Z of British Columbia. He gave a very fine address. Thank God 
for our Canadian neighbours. 

"On March 24 I again had the privilege of visiting with Most Ex- 
cellent Companion Hamilton. This was one of the really big events in the 
history of Royal Arch Masonry in Washington. Through the efforts of 
Right Excellent Companion Tod Dodson of British Columbia and Very 
Excellent Companion Joe Ludwig, Deputy for District No. 13, the first 
International Night was held with Bellingham Bay Chapter No. 12 act- 
ing as host. There were over two hundred Canadians present of which 
one hundred and twenty-six were inducted into the Oriental Chair. This 
event will go down in history as the biggest thing of its kind ever held." 



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The Grand High Priest recommends that as they have been recog- 
nized by most of the other Grand Chapters, that we recognize and have 
fraternal relations with the Grand Chapter of Argentina. 

The Grand Treasurer reported total assets May 1, 1958, to be $23,- 
173.72. 

The Grand Secretary reported the membership December 31, 1957 — 
9,654, with a net loss of two for the year. All Chapters have sent in their 
annual returns, paid the required fees and dues. The special assessment 
levied for the purpose of celebrating the 75th anniversary has been paid 
in full for the year 1957. 

Among the Grand Representatives present was Albert Jensen from 
Canada. An outstanding oration was given by the Grand Orator, Very 
Excellent Companion Herman F. Evarts. 

Duke T. Fife was elected Grand High Priest for 1958-59. 

All matters of business having been disposed of the seventy-fourth 
Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Wash- 
ington was closed in ample form. 

The seventy-fifth Annual Convocation will be held in the Masonic 
Temple, Walla Walla, Washington, on May 21-22, 1959. 

West Virginia 

Robert H. Bowlby, Grand High Priest 
Nelson S. Orkney, Grand Secretary 

The Eighty-Seventh Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of West Virginia was held in the Masonic Temple, 
Charleston, on Monday and Tuesday, October 14-15, 1957. 

There were many distinguished visitors and Grand Representatives 
present. There were seven representatives present from various parts of 
Canada. All were introduced and welcomed. 

Some extracts from the address of the Grand High Priest: 

"Here in our beautiful Ritual we have revealed many of the great 
lessons of the Bible. We should never put our Fraternity above the 
Church. Masonry is a way of life and the more we discuss it, the better 
that way will be. The free world today is the Christian world. Did it ever 
occur to you that we, as Masons, collectively have a great power for 
good. We, as Masons, have a great responsibility among the leaders for 
freedom and Christianity. Nothing, in my opinion, will do more good for 
the internal workings of a Chapter than to visit other Chapters from 
time to time. Some of our Chapters have shown a steady increase and it 
proves what can be done if you want to work and have the proper 
Masonic incentive." 

Then the Grand High Priest gave an outline of his year's visitations. 

The report of the Committee on Necrology showed that 210 Com- 
panions had passed on during the year. Deepest sympathy was extended 
to the bereaved. 

The Grand Secretary reported a total membership of 10,793, a gain 
of 59. 

The Grand Treasurer reported total assets of $26,758.36. 

Okey S. Sheets was elected Grand High Priest. 

The Convocation was closed in ample form. 

Wisconsin 

Fred C. Lotzow, Grand High Priest 
Earl G. Gile, Grand Secretary 
The One Hundred and Eighth Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of the State of Wisconsin was held in the Masonic 
Temple in the city of Green Bay on May 5th and 6th, 1958. 



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After the Invocation by the Grand Chaplain the distinguished guests 
were introduced, welcomed and given Grand Honors. Among the number 
was Hugh Eakin, Grand First Principal of Man-Roba, Canada. 

The Grand High Priest gave a splendid review of his year's activi- 
ties and visitations. "A final analysis of the annual reports shows a 
total membership of 18,444 or a decrease of 202 members. We have sev- 
eral dormant Chapters in the State. Every Chapter is as strong, as weak, 
as enthusiastic, as apatheti: as its members are. What a Chapter is or 
does depends solely upon th-3 interest of its members. During the year 
481 of our Companions have passed on. We mourn their loss and extend 
our sympathy to the loved ones and friends. Among those who have been 
called to higher service was the Grand Secretary and also one of our 
Past Grand High Priests. "They are not dead, they live in hearts they 
leave behind." 

The Grand Treasurer reported balance on hand May 1, 1958, com- 
bined account (including funds held in reserve) $27,676.29. 

The following officers were elected: George J. Schreiber,, Grand High 
Priest; Earl G. Gile, Grand Secretary. 

The one hundred and eighth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Wisconsin was closed at 
12:45 P.M. in ample form by Grand High Priest Schreiber with Grand 
Chaplain Griffith pronouncing the benediction. 



The Grand Triennial Convocation General Grand Chapter 

The Fiftieth Triennial Convocation of the General Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons was held in Sun Valley, Idaho, October 1-2-3, 1957 
A.D. 

Tom Quitman Ellis, General Grand High Priest 1954-1957. 

The Officers and members of the General Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons assembled in the Opera House at Sun Valley, Idaho, at 
1:30 o'clock, Tuesday afternoon, October 1, 1957 A.D. 

The General Grand Chapter was opened in ample form by the Gen- 
eral Grand High Priest. 

Distinguished visitors were presented and greeted, and extended the 
Grand Honours. 



General Grand Chapter 

The M. E. General Grand High Priest presented his Triennial Ad- 
dress. It was a magnificent oration, practical, inspiring and crammed 
with valuable suggestions for the good of the Order, not only in the 
various Grand Chapters of the United States of America but throughout 
the world wherever Royal Arch Masons are engaged in persuing their 
time-honoured rights and sacred duties dedicated to the exaltation of the 
Most High and the general good of humanity. This reviewer would like 
to be able to quote at length from this worth-while address, replete with 
inspirational oratory and practical advice and suggestion. However, 
space and time decree otherwise. 

Under the head of visitations "I humbly submit that my files disclose 
that I have travelled one hundred and thirty thousand miles in promotion 
of what I have conceived to be the best interest of Royal Arch Masonry." 

Official Acts and Decision: "Some queries reached me from various 
Grand Jurisdictions affiliated with the General Grand Chapter which 
smacked of controversy involving custom, procedure or law. In every 
such instance I declined answer or comment, advising such Companions 



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that General Grand Chapter is merely a co-ordinating body, neither 
possessing nor assuming- dictatorial powers and that such questions 
should be handled with proper authorities in their respective jurisdictions." 

Dispensations and Charters — In addition to Charters issued Grand 
Chapters of Mexico and Germany, charters were also issued to two 
Chapters in Japan. "I granted dispensation to our Chapters in Japan to 
receive and ballot out of time on petitions for the Royal Arch Degrees 
until, and only until, the holding of a York Rite festival on a certain date 
to be set in October or November, 1957." "We are proud of our Grand 
Chapter of the Philippines, Royal Arch Masonry, there long neglected, is 
coming into its own. New Chapters are being established, membership is 
increasing and there is a great surge of activity." 

Alaska: "As Alaska grows and approaches statehood, Freemasonry 
will continue to grow in the Arctic Circle." 

Hawaii: Honolulu Chapter No. 1 is this year celebrating its one 
hundredth anniversary. 

Finances: Permanent Fund securities of $56,000.00 bring an annual 
income of $1,532.50. 

The General Grand Secretary, M. E. Comp. Roscoe R. Walcutt, re- 
ported the total membership of 53 affiliated Chapters, as of July 1, 1957, 
as 614,183, which represents a gain of 5,922 over the previous triennium. 

Election of Officers: The following General Grand Officers were 
elected to serve for the ensuing triennium: 

General Grand High Priest — J. Luther Jordan, Louisianna. 

General Grand King — Edwin A. Martini, Minnesota. 

General Grand Scribe — William F. Clark, Massachusetts. 

General Grand Treasurer — Walter C. Hickman, Arkansas. 

General Grand Secretary — Roscoe R. Walcutt, Ohio. 

General Grand Captain of the Host — Sprague H. Carter, Oregon. 

Trustee for Term ending 1966 — Frank E. Simmons, Manitoba. 

Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and the 
Dominions and Dependencies of the British Crown 

Quarterly Communications of March and June, 1958, held at Free- 
masons Hall, London. 

M. W. Bro. the Rt. Hon. Lord Harris, M. C. Grand Master on the 
Throne, assisted by (March) R. W. Bro. Col. C. B. Spencer, O.B.E., T.D., 
LL.B., and (June) R. W. Bro. Major R. L. Loyd, O.B.E., M.C., Deputy 
Grand Master. 

The Grand Lodge opened in ample form. The Rt. Hon. Lord Harris 
was at once re-elected Grand Master for the ensuing year. In his ac- 
ceptance the M. W. Grand Master said: "Brethren, I do thank you very 
much indeed for having proposed and accepted the motion that I should 
be elected for another year to rule over this Degree. It is a very proud 
position for me — and I can assure you that I will do my utmost to serve 
you during the coming year. It may perhaps be rather a difficult one, 
and we may have to face difficulties — not so much in the March Degree, 
but outside difficulties — but let us hope that those difficulties will be sur- 
mounted." 

The Report of the General Board (March) records that ending De- 
cember 31, 1957, there have been 825 applications for Mark Certificates. 
Three Lodges have been granted warrants during last quarter. 



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In report of Mark Benevolent Fund, 28 petitioners were given relief 
to extent of £3,079. A motion to make increased assessments to meet 
rising" costs was debated and on the recommendation of the General 
Board was finally carried. 

In the June Convocation the General Board reported applications for 
1.091 Mark Certificates since the March report. Benevolent Branch re- 
ported 19 petitioners relieved to extent of £2,239 and £250 given for 
Education Branch. The M. W. Bro. Rt. Hon. Lord Harris was re-elected 
and installed as Grand Master, and Rt. Wor. Bro. Robert Lindsay Loyd 
was again installed as Deputy Grand Master. The Grand Master reported 
on a visit to Rotterdam where he, assisted by Grand Officers, instituted 
a new Mark Lodge under the Grand Lodge of England as are the Lodges 
in Finland. Grand Master, Lord Harris, also referred to "an Introduction 
to Mark Masonry" by very Worshipful Brother J. A. Grantham as con- 
taining much information useful to members of the Degree. (Is this 
Brother James Grantham who was Grand Master of Council of Royal 
and Select Masters o€ Ontario some few years ago — a member of Enoch 
Council No. 10, London, Ontario?) 

Grand Lodge was closed in ample form and the National Anthem 
was sung. 






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